Tuesday, September 9, 2008

ADQ Accuses Quebec Sports Minister Of Interference In Hockey Fight Issue

The Canadian Press:

QUEBEC — The Action democratique du Quebec is charging Sports Minister Michelle Courchesne with interference and wants her to stop pressuring the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League to impose tougher sanctions on players who fight.

Sylvain Legare, the party's sports critic, says there is no consensus on the issue of fighting in hockey and he accused Courchesne on Monday of leading a solo crusade to address the topic.

A committee mandated by the league to study how to reduce violence called last month for stiffer penalties for brawling and other acts of "gratuitous violence."

It also recommended better support for players, coaches and officials and the introduction of an anti-violence campaign.

But there was no recommendation for an outright ban on fighting.

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