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01-04-2012, 10:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Jabroni1994 View Post
Could some state this instigator rule? I don't know it officially.
NHL Rulebook:
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46.11 Instigator - An instigator of an altercation shall be a player who by his actions or demeanor demonstrates any/some of the following criteria: distance traveled; gloves off first; first punch thrown; menacing attitude or posture; verbal instigation or threats; conduct in retaliation to a prior game (or season) incident; obvious retribution for a previous incident in the game or season.

A player who is deemed to be the instigator of an altercation shall be assessed an instigating minor penalty, a major penalty for fighting and a ten-minute misconduct.

If the same player or goalkeeper is deemed to be the instigator of a second altercation in the same game, he shall be assessed an instigating minor penalty, a major penalty for fighting and a game misconduct.

When a player receives his third instigator penalty in one Regular season, he is automatically given a game misconduct following that third violation.

A player who is deemed to be both the instigator and aggressor of an altercation shall be assessed an instigating minor penalty, a major penalty for fighting, a ten-minute misconduct (instigator) and a game misconduct penalty (aggressor).
http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=26336

Basically, if one person is the clear aggressor in a fight, he gets a penalty. This means if someone like Cooke blind-sides one of our guys and Prust jumps in an immediately forces him to fight, Prust would get a penalty. This deters players from sticking up for one another because they're afraid of putting the team on the PK. Removing the instigator might make a player like Cooke think twice before throwing a dangerous hit, because he knows he's going to get his face pounded in.

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