Here is the fighting rule, with key portions highlighted:
46.1 Fighting – A fight shall be deemed to have occurred when at least one player (or goalkeeper) punches or attempts to punch an opponent repeatedly or when two players wrestle in such a manner as to make it difficult for the Linesmen to intervene and separate the combatants.
The Referees are provided very wide latitude in the penalties with which they may impose under this rule. This is done intentionally to enable them to differentiate between the obvious degrees of responsibility of the participants either for starting the fighting or persisting in continuing the fighting. The discretion provided should be exercised realistically.
First bolded -- clearly indicates that a fight (for the purpose of giving penalties) is something that occurs between two opponents, not two teammates.
Second bolded -- less specific about whether it could occur between teammates, but it's still part of the same sentence so we can presume that by "players" it means "opponents", following on the previous thought.
So, it's a fair guess that the rulebook does not consider an altercation between teammates to be "fighting" in the official sense.
Third bolded -- The referee can basically give them whatever penalty he wants. In this case it would probably be Delay of Game penalties since, at some level, you're not allowed to just stop the game in order to hash out your personal issues on the ice. Also, Delay penalties seem to have a mild shaming effect that says "WTF are you doing?".
Best thing to do imho give a delay of game penalty for airing crap out on the other team's time.
Give one guy a 10 min misconduct and the other a game misconduct to get them seperated (one guy sits in the box for 12 mins + whistle; while the other goes home).
Fotiu was a lot tougher. I'm guessing their teammates separated them.
There was an altercation in training camp between a Dallas Star and a prospect. Funny, I remember the prospect's name, Brett Draney, but not the Star who I believe was a big time player
A friend actually just brought this up a couple weeks ago while we were listening to a sports radio show where Guerin was a guest.
Guerin took a hit from Draney that he didn't like and retaliated by giving him a two hander upside the head. http://youtu.be/8Phk4tX6EKg?t=2m22s
Last edited by JacobimMugatu: 08-25-2013 at 01:16 AM.
I've seen it happen at low levels; teams losing one player started griping at his teammates, one takes exception.
I actually wouldn't be surprised to see Subban involved in such a thing given his antics in the playoff final game especially if he had a guy like Emery on his team.
Goodness gracious... people need to learn about Subban before spewing such ridiculous crap. I have co-workers who are angry at me, even though I'm easily one of the best employees at my job. Want to know why? Because I get annoyed by the fact that they do not work hard; i.e. taking 10 minute smoke breaks every hour or just sitting down/avoiding work while I work hard to make up for them. As such, I've had minor confrontations with co-workers. Does this mean I'm a bad employee? Hell no. I've had two jobs in my life, and I've been one of the best employees that my management has ever had (according to both sets of management). That does not mean I'm not well liked though. The same goes for Subban. He's not a problem in the slightest. He's a great leader, however much people who just parrot others' opinions that he's locker room cancer.