NHL playoff time reminds me of the saying, “I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out.” Some Canadians are trying to make the game safer, at least for the kids.
Body checking is now banned for those 11 and 12 year old players in the Peewee leagues of Hockey Nova Scotia. Hockey Alberta and Hockey Quebec have instituted similar bans. According to The Windsor Star, in Alberta alone this will reduce the risk each year by over 1,000 injuries and 400 concussions among the nearly 9,000 peewee level players in that province.
Canadian sports safety advocates have pushed for rule changes like this: Public health and safety advocate Emile Therien says of this news:
It is about time that all minor hockey associations in this country change their rules so that a greater emphasis is placed on safety, recreation and fun, and far, far less on intense competition and winning at all costs.”