Geeze, I wish the NHL would leave this alone. I'm not a thrill seeker, but this getting ridiculous because teams are less able to respond to questionable hits, running of a goalie etc. Rest of the article is on the link. Article by Darren Dreger. http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/...ts-come-off-first/?ocid=Yahoo&partner=ya5nbcs "NHL linesmen have been instructed to stop a fight when the participants opt to remove their helmets prior to swapping blows. This isnâ€™t a rule change, simply a common sense approach to encourage players to protect their head at all times. There is nothing formal about this strategy. It was implemented shortly after the preseason where it became evident players werenâ€™t concerned about the additional two-minute penalty for removing their helmets to fightâ€¦even though the rule was introduced entirely for player safety. Linesmen now have the authority to step in, when it is safe to do so, and stop a fight when the combatants purposely take off their helmets."