USHL rethinks fighting after player suffers seizure

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The United States Hockey League will call a special meeting to determine whether the league has been too tolerant of fighting.

The United States Hockey League will hold a special meeting to review its rules regarding fighting after an 18-year-old player sustained a seizure during a fight on Saturday.

Dylan Chanter, a defenseman for the Dubuque Fighting Saints, hit his bare head on the ice during a fight in the second period and began convulsing for approximately two minutes. Paramedics were on the scene within 15 minutes of the incident and transported Chanter to a hospital. Fortunately, Chanter remained conscious and has already been released.

However, the incident has inspired league commissioner Skip Prince to call a meeting of the competition committee to evaluate the USHL's stance on fighting, via Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times:

"I'm convening a special meeting of our competition committee to see whether we're being too tolerant of fighting."

Fighting debates have grown more consistent in the wake of the incident involving Montreal Canadiens forward George Parros and calls for hockey leagues of all levels to ban fighting have grown louder as a result. Three NHL general managers expressed that fighting needs to be phased out, while the majority of players have expressed its importance in the game.

As Klein writes, college hockey punishes fighting by ejecting players and suspending them for one game. This could be a procedure adopted by the USHL in lieu of an outright ban.

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