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Camera footage from the Memorial Cup puts the battles in ice hockey in the spotlight

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A close-up observation of a brawl during a Memorial Cup game has brought fighting to the headlines in hockey.

A close-up observation of a brawl during a Memorial Cup game has brought fighting to the headlines in hockey.

A TSN cameraman, dressed in white to blend in, came onto the ice Monday night to film a second-period fight between Moose Jaw defenseman Kalem Parker and London forward Max McCue.

Having a cameraman on the ice for a shot is nothing new for TSN, which has done this before at World Junior and Women's Championships.

However, because it was a fight between major young players, it put fighting in hockey – and its entertainment value – in a new light.

The 360-degree view of the fight on the ice was well received by some fans, and some wanted to see more of it online.

But fighting is slowly disappearing from ice hockey, especially at the junior level.

Leagues have enacted rules to limit fighting, with the Quebec Maritimes Junior Hockey League even banning it in 2023.

QMJHL players who fight will be ejected, the instigator will be automatically suspended and the aggressor will be suspended for a minimum of two games. In addition to the other sanctions, a suspension will be imposed automatically after a player's second fight of the season.

McCue and Parker received a five-minute fighting penalty, which is standard discipline in the Ontario Hockey League and Western Hockey League.

TSN has a multi-year contract to broadcast the Canadian Hockey League starting in 2021.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 29, 2024.

The Canadian Press