Bad news for the Cowichan Valley Capitals – the B.C. Hockey League will be cracking down on “violence and bullying” this season.
Called the Junior A Supplement, the new set of regulations are a pilot project that will penalize violent behaviour with “increased suspensions and significant financial penalties”. The prohibited actions include blows to the head, dangerous hits, accumulated major penalties and misconducts and excessive fighting.
The two-year pilot project has been designed and implemented through a collaboration of the BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Maritime Junior Hockey Leagues.
The associations hope the new regulations will deter repeat offenders and bring about a measurable drop in fighting.