"In the OHL, the players are aged 16 to 20 and in university, they're typically 21 to 26, and their view on fighting is usually different. As they get older, they don't see fighting as showmanship any more.It's a pretty good read from Ryan Pyette on why there's no fighting in Canadian university hockey, just as there's none in international play. Pyette talks to a Western prof who notes acculturation process is different when you represent a school or a nation, rather than the 20 people in the dressing room.
"It's not used as a tool in our league. You're not going to get me to say fighting should be banned outright in hockey but it's not part of our game."
— Clarke Singer, Western men's hockey coach, in the London Free Press
Singer also noted that the 28-game schedule and the fact a game misconduct means you sit out the next game too — the equivalent of sitting out three games in an 82-game NHL or AHL season — is also a pretty good deterrent. Most university teams have a taxi squad of 5-7 players, and if you have to sit out a game, you might not get it back.
A counter-argument could be that, well, university hockey has no fighting and it struggles to draw spectators. In the wake of Don Sanderson's death, no one's going to try to advance that line of reasoning, so-called.
OHL grads adjust to university rules (Ryan Pyette, London Free Press)