Is bodychecking on the outs for peewee hockey in Canada?
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, May 9, 2013 8:18AM EDT
HALIFAX -- Momentum appears to be growing to remove bodychecking from peewee hockey in some provinces.
Hockey Nova Scotia expects to make a decision on the issue at its annual meeting this weekend in Halifax.
Pediatrician Andrew Lynk is part of a group of doctors who will make the case for delaying bodychecking until players are at least 13 and possibly older.
He says the brain is still undergoing tremendous change in early adolescence and kids who get concussions become more susceptible to getting others.
Paul Carson of Hockey Canada is also speaking at the Halifax meeting.
He says he's concerned bodychecking has become too big a part of the game at the expense of skill development.
Hockey Alberta says it will ban the practice for 11- and 12-year-old players because there is overwhelming evidence that bodychecking is the most consistent risk factor for injuries and concussions.
Other provinces, like B.C., and municipal hockey organizations are considering bans at the peewee level as well.