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March 2013

Survey: 87 per cent of Canadians feel that hockey carries a “significant risk” of head, neck and brain injury

Click to read article from the Globe and Mail

April 2012

Interesting article from the website
Best Player of the World
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April 2012

TNC Bantam Blue Sharks beat TNC White Sharks to win PLC SPORTS NO BODY CHECKING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS tournament
The TNC Peewee Lightning and Wolverines finish 3rd and 4th

February 2012

TNC Peewee Hornets win
Burlington Tournament
The TNC Peewee Hornets beat in the final the TNC Redhawks to win the Burlington Tournament.
The TNC Bantam Wolverines finish 2nd and the Bantam Sharks finish 3rd with the RedHawks finishing 5th.

March 3, 2012

Teenagers Are More Vulnerable to Sport Concussions
Research results published in "Brain Injury" by Université de Montréal neuropsychologist Dave Ellemberg - Feb 2012

May 4, 2011
OHF bans bodychecking at the Select level for ALL ages
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New study of concussions
among NHL players

Monday April 18, 2011
Syd Johnson, a bioethicist from Dalhousie University in Halifax calls for the elimination of bodychecking in all but the most elite levels of youth hockey, where players are at least 16 years old to reduce concussions and other serious injuries:
Her analysis article was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
Watch report from Global News National where Phoenix Tashlin-Clifford one of TNC players is interviewed

2011 TNC Hockey
Final Fun
Hockey Night
2011 TNC Peewee
Champs 2-5 Allstars

2011 TNC Bantam
Champs 1-2 Allstars

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No Body Checking
Hockey Championships
in Barrie Ontario
TNC Peewee Sharks
win Bronze
with a 4-0 record!

Ryan Harrs
wins Peewee Goalie

and Clark Schlesinger
wins Peewee player award!

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-New Study published
Tuesday March 15, 2011
in Open Medicine
proves the obvious:
"Bodychecking is the major contributor of serious injuries in minor hockey" and that "hitting younger is not better".
Read more in the Globe

Our own TNC
win GOLD

-New Season starts
Sat Sep 11, 2010
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-Wolverines Win
The 1st TNCHL Champions Cup

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-The Death of a Canadian Institution:
Barely on Life Support!

By Emile Therien
Read article

Brad Dalgarno
talks about TNCHL

Letters to TNCHL/
Richard Wennberg, MD,FRCPC
Neurologist, University of Toronto

Scientific studies have clearly indicated that injuries, including concussions, occur more frequently among 11 and 12 year old players in leagues that permit body checking compared to non-contact leagues ...
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Testimonials /
Parents talk
Doreen Ng-Bell
A true hockey mom
talks about TNCHL and
her 12 yr old son
Kelly Lyons and Don Hay
Talk about TNCHL and their
14 yr old son

Read Neil Clifford's


“Body Checking and Injuries in Minor Hockey” , published by Capital Health (Alberta Health Services, Edmonton, 2008) provides a summary of what is known about body checking and minor hockey based on a wide range of sources. One of Capital Health’s suggestions for “What you can do … to promote healthy physical activity in a safe environment – ask your local hockey organization what they are doing to reduce and prevent injuries that occur due to body checking, and whether they would consider re-examining the age at which body checking is introduced.”

Here are links to other articles and studies about body checking and resulting injuries:

Q: So why the concern about body checking?

A: There is significant medical evidence about the health risks associated with body checking. This evidence shows that body checking is associated with significantly increased risk of concussions and other injuries. “A Systematic Review of the Association Between Body Checking and Injury in Youth Ice Hockey” (March, 2009) (click here to read it) reports that “Opponents of body checking for young children, such as the Canadian Academy of Sports Medicine, believe that body checking is the most common source of all injury types in hockey and that it should be eliminated from all recreational levels and only introduced in the elite levels at the Bantam (13-14 years) age or Midget (15-17 years) age. The American Academy of Pediatrics echoes these sentiments and recommends banning body checking at 15 years of age and below.”

A 2006 study showed that players were 42 percent more likely to suffer a concussion and 25 percent more likely to suffer fractures in Ontario leagues where body checking is allowed when compared to Quebec. There is also increasing evidence that concussions can have lifelong impacts.

Q: Many have said that if children were taught how to take and give a check at an earlier age, there would be fewer injuries. However, Capital Health reports that there is evidence that training for body checking does not reduce injuries, illegal body checks, or penalties.

A: Many have said that if children were taught how to take and give a check at an earlier age, there would be fewer injuries. However, Capital Health reports that there is evidence that training for body checking does not reduce injuries, illegal body checks, or penalties. There have been a number of studies that compare the experience in contact and non-contact leagues; these studies report that the incidence of injuries, especially head injuries, is much higher where body checking is allowed. A 2003 study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal reported that body checking was associated with 86% of injuries sustained by players 9-15 years old. Players in contact leagues were four times as likely to be injured (among those 9–15 years old).

Q: Could injuries be reduced by greater enforcement of the rules so that there were fewer “cheap shots”?

A: Legal body checking can result in injuries. Of reported injuries among players 9–15 years old, 45% were caused by legal body checks and 8% by illegal checks, without a significant difference in the injury profiles between the two types of checking.

Q: What is Hockey Canada doing about this?

A: It is Hockey Canada’s official position that body checking is a legitimate strategy for minor hockey players and safety can be enhanced through proper instruction.

In 2006, Hockey Canada authorized pilots in Ontario and Saskatchewan that lowered the age for introducing body checking from Minor Peewee (age 11) to Atom (ages 9 and 10). At a 2007 semi-annual meeting of Hockey Canada’s Board of Directors, a motion was debated and defeated, proposing that body checking be allowed at the Atom (age 9-10) level. This confirmed the decision to end the pilots.

Hockey Canada committed to study the impacts of body checking and established an information site ( The most recent documents on that site appear to be from 2005.

Q: Are there existing competitive non-contact leagues (above house league)?

A: For ages 18 and older, there are many hockey leagues available that do not allow body checking. In Toronto and many other communities, there are no alternatives for boys ages 11 to 18 who want to play competitively above the house league level. Interestingly, the leagues for girls, right up to the international levels, do not permit body checking. Why are boys and girls treated differently? This is an outdated view of our children’s needs.

Q: What am I to do as a parent of a Minor Peewee (or older) child who wants to play competitively without body contact?

A: Capital Health effectively summarizes what you can do to “promote healthy physical activity in a safe environment.” First, they suggest that you read more about the issue by looking into the many studies that are available. Second, approach your local hockey organization and question what they are doing to reduce and prevent injuries. Also, ask them to reconsider the age at which body checking is introduced.
And if you live in the GTA, contact us and have your child tryout for the TNCHL!

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Should body checking be
eliminated from youth hockey ?
73% said YES
27% said NO
November/December 2013

Winnipeg Free Press

Winnipeg to add non-contact league
December 21, 2013

Bill Robertson
President, TNC Hockey

talks Online Parenting Community
March 9, 2011

Non-contact hockey:
It�s becoming a hit
Read the Globe article

From the front page of
Monday's Globe and Mail
Published on Monday, May. 03, 2010

CTVNews Toronto Sports
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March 12, 2010

Hits to the head
CBC TV "connect with
Mark Kelley"
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January 27, 2010

New league offers
competition without fear
By: Lois Kalchman
Special to the Star
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Apr 14, 2009

CBC Toronto
Evening News
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Apr 14, 2009

Parents Want No-Hit
Hockey League For Kids Staff
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and watch videos

Monday April 13, 2009

Non-contact hockey
gathers steam
In this league,
hitting's a no-no

Read full article
and watch videos

14th April 2009, 8:31am

640AM -John Oakley
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March 31, 2009

TNCHL in an article
Special to The Globe and Mail
March 28, 2009
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CTV Toronto Sports
March 27, 2009
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Metro Morning
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March 24, 2009

Watch the video of
the ordeal of this 11 yr old

Bodychecking a leading cause of injury in youth hockey: study (2009)
"We reviewed nine studies from Canada, nine from the U.S. and two from Finland, and the findings from all but one support recommendations that children should play in non-contact hockey leagues until they are at least at the bantam level", said Alison Macpherson, a professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York.
Commentary: Should bodychecking be allowed in minor hockey?
W. James King and Claire M.A. LeBlanc
Jim King is Chief, Division of Pediatric Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, and Claire LeBlanc is Head of Rheumatology and Sport Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ont.
Bodychecking is 'detrimental to children': Doctor
Article from
Body-Checking Rules and Childhood Injuries in Ice Hockey
2004�2005 season in minor hockey in Calgary, Alberta
Injury Rates, Risk Factors, and Mechanisms of Injury in Minor Hockey
Study includes children's ice hockey injuries from September 1995 to the end of August 2002

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