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Hockey Canada eliminates bodychecking at peewee level

May 25, 2013, 1:12 PM EDT

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Hockey Canada made a bold move today to help improve the health and safety of the game for kids.

The organization voted to eliminate bodychecking at the peewee level. According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, each province voted in support of the measure except for Saskatchewan. Peewee hockey is played by 11-and-12 year-olds. It’s a big step and one that looks bold but makes a lot of sense.

The move comes two years after USA Hockey and Quebec amateur hockey each have done the same with their youth hockey programs. The aim here is obvious as they want to protect kids from concussions and other debilitating injuries for kids.

Dreger also shares that they will begin a program to teach the proper ways to bodycheck once players get out of peewee hockey starting in 2014-2015.

  1. sjsharks66 - May 25, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    You would figure teaching the proper way to check at 11 years old makes as much sense as teaching it at 13.

    • kitshky - May 25, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      You would figure there’s no reason to expose an 11 year old body to the danger of body checks and if it makes as much sense to teach them at 13 why not wait a few years till the boys are a little bit stronger…

      • stakex - May 25, 2013 at 3:55 PM

        Spoken like someone reading talking points, whos never actually played hockey at any age.

      • kitshky - May 25, 2013 at 4:16 PM

        I’m sorry are you talking to me…?

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 25, 2013 at 4:29 PM

        Stakex, give it a break. Your rhetoric is getting old. We get it. You once played the game, and that, somehow makes you an expert in child psychology, and child development through hockey. I’m sure you were once a great player who played in the NHL, and reached the highest owners. Others are still allowed to have their opinions, and I’m sure many here have played hockey and don’t agree with you. Kill the rhetoric, stakex. We get it. Thank you!

      • kitshky - May 25, 2013 at 4:38 PM

        How is saying an 11 year old body isn’t generally as strong as a 13 year old body a “talking point”?

  2. howintensive - May 25, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    It makes sense- it works. This way the kids can learn poke-checking, stick-handling, and skating better. After those fundamentals are down, then learn body checking. Defensive skills will still develop without a large emphasis on body checking; Nick Lidstrom, one of the greatest defenders ever, hardly ever checked.

  3. mp1131211 - May 25, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    I expected all the meat heads from the fighting discussion the other day to be freaking out about this. Guess players have to be a little older before they are willing to argue for life altering head trauma.

    Good on Canada (finally).

    • stakex - May 25, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      “Life altering head trauma”? Ok there Captain Dramatic.

      Point to one case of an 11-12 year old suffering “Life altering head trauma” from a body check in a hockey game. Just one….

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 25, 2013 at 4:32 PM

        Hey! Bimbo! Kids can get concussions! You have doubts? Watch Head Games.

      • kitshky - May 25, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      • mp1131211 - May 25, 2013 at 6:44 PM

        They aren’t eliminating “one check”, they are eliminating “checking”, as in repeated checks.

        And if you aren’t up on you the latest regarding life long trauma of childhood impact sports, then I’m not going to spoon feed you the last 15 years of research. I just hope you don’t have a child in athletics….

  4. dumbassgreg - May 25, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    brilliant. 95% of the guys will never play above kids levels except maybe fun rec hockey.. do they really need to deal with possible concussion issues rest of their lives. also hockey registration is way down in canada cost of play and injuries are biggest factors.

    • mp1131211 - May 25, 2013 at 6:46 PM

      actually, dumbassgreg, yeah they do.

  5. bleedingteal4life - May 25, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    And just because you take a kids homework away in 4th grade doesn’t help the idea that they are going to have to do homework every night in fifth grade.

  6. shortsxit34 - May 25, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    I’ll go ahead and say I think this is a bad idea. They shouldn’t be introducing checking at the level with the biggest size discrepancy between players. At 13-14 players are right around the age of puberty. Some kids are 4’10 and some are already pushing 6 foot. Combine the size difference with the added testosterone and I think they could have a lot of unintended consequences.

  7. dcmontreal - May 26, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Hockey Canada bans hitting in peewee
    Proper instruction is a better means to reducing injuries

  8. desertfan - May 27, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Congratulations to Bob and his team.

    Way overdue!!

    Game is now on the right track.

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