Announcements/
Press Releases
April 2014

TNC Bantam Wolverines win PLC SPORTS NO BODY CHECKING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS tournament

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
Click here to read

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
Click here for more

New study of concussions
among NHL players

Monday April 18, 2011
in CMAJ
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


click here for more...

2011 PLC WORLD
No Body Checking
Hockey Championships
in Barrie Ontario
TNC Peewee Sharks
win Bronze
with a 4-0 record!

Ryan Harrs
wins Peewee Goalie
Competition!

and Clark Schlesinger
wins Peewee player award!

click here for more...
-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
SHARKS
win GOLD

-New Season starts
Sat Sep 11, 2010
Read more

-Wolverines Win
The 1st TNCHL Champions Cup

Read more

-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 ...
Read More
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
Testimonial





FAQS ABOUT THE
TORONTO NON-CONTACT HOCKEY LEAGUE (TNC Hockey)


The Toronto Non-Contact Hockey League (TNC Hockey) is committed to providing a safer, highly competitive amateur hockey program.

The TNC Hockey is designed for children who have played competitive hockey and who are now looking to further develop their hockey skills – without body-checking.

Here are the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Please feel free to forward us your questions if they are not part of the ones below.

For Players:
What is the age of the  players in the league?
Do players pay any fees to tryout?
I was born in 2003 and a very skilled player, can I try out?
I was born in 1995 can I try out?
When will I know if I made it?
Can I play concurrently at the TNC Hockey and another league?
What happens if I miss a lot of practices and/or games?
Can I be on the same team with my friends?
What kind of actions during a game will result in a suspension?
Can I be permanently suspended from the TNC Hockey?
How many shifts per game can I expect to play?
Can I request to change a team if I don't like my coach?
Do players pay gate or any other fees for their games?
Will my parents friends or relatives pay gate or any other fees to watch my games?



For Parents:
What makes TNC Hockey different from other leagues?
Is TNC Hockey a for-profit business?
What happens to the fees that the parents pay?
Can I expect a discount if I have two or more children in the league?
How do I sign up my child?
How many practices per week?
How many games per week?
Will you have professionals running skills sessions and if so, how often?
What if the date of the tryouts my child can not make it due to illness or other reason?
If you fail to make it in the first round of tryout sessions would another opportunity arise?
Are girls allowed to play in the league?
Which arenas would the league use for practices and games?
How much does it cost?
What if I can not afford your fees?
Will parents friends or any spectators pay gate or any other fees to watch games?
I really love the idea of this league, how can I help?




For Administration:
Who will be responsible for the smooth operation of the league?
Who can be a member of the League Management Committee (LMC)?



For Team Officials:
I would love to coach a team where do I apply?
What are the requirements to coach a team?
Do I have to register a child to be eligible to sit at the bench?
I am an experienced trainer. Can I apply?
Do managers have a place on a team?


For Game Officials:
Do referees get paid?
How many referees are per game?
How many games can I expect to referee in one day?
What are the requirements to be a  Time keeper?
Do timekeepers get paid?

 

What is the age of the  players in the league?
For the upcoming season 2013-14, we will have 3 divisions - one Peewee with players born in 2002 or 2001, one Bantam with players born 2000 or 1999 and one Midget with players born 1998, 1997 or 1996. Each division will consist of minimum 4 teams.
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Do players pay any fees to tryout?
Yes there is a $20 fee to cover the ice charges from the arena and the professional who will run the tryout.
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I am a 10 yr. old (born 2003) and a very good player, can I try out?
At this time even though we offer tryouts to players born 1995 to 2002 WE WILL ONLY ALLOW younger very skilled players to tryout and participate in the league in the Pee Wee division.
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I was born in 1995 can I try out?
At this time even though we offer tryouts to players born from 1996 to 2002 we would allow players born in 1995 to tryout and participate in the league.
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When will I know if I made it?
Due to a large number of players we need to evaluate, our intent is to contact all players within a few days of tryouts
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Can I play concurrently at the TNC Hockey and another league?
Yes, we will have no restrictions on participation in the TNC Hockey and other leagues. However, players are expected to attend practices, games, and skills clinics. Also note that we operate as an Independent Hockey League with our own insurance and as of yet Hockey Canada has not approved our league.
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What happens if I miss a lot of practices and/or games?
It is not appropriate to miss an excessive number of practices or games. Thus, if a player is having difficulty participating on a regular basis, they will be asked to leave the team.
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Can I be on the same team with my friends?
We will allow each member to request one friend. To the extent that such requests are reciprocal, players will most likely be placed on teams with their selected friend.
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What kind of actions during a game will result in a suspension?
Any action that puts in danger the well being of any other player or anybody else involved in a game. All Hockey Canada rules will apply as per the rules for minor and women's hockey. The TNC Hockey reserves the right to make more stringent rules and penalties as it sees fit.
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Can I be permanently suspended from the TNC Hockey?
Yes if you are a repeating offender. The League Management Committee (LMC) oversees the process based on the rules, regulations and the code of conduct of the TNC Hockey.
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How many shifts per game do I expect to play?
We expect equal time of play during the first two periods. The coach will have the ability to select players for the third period.
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Can I request to change a team if I don't like my coach?
No, we would work with you and the coach, to a reasonable extent, to help resolve any problems. A dispute resolution process will be put in place to ensure that inevitable disagreements are addressed in a timely and equitable manner. The League Management Committee (LMC) has full power to switch players from team to team as they see fit and as situations warrant, although in general players are expected to play for the team to which they are originally assigned.
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Do players pay gate or any other fees for their games?
Absolutely not.
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Will my parents friends or relatives pay gate or any other fees to watch my games?
Absolutely not.
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What makes TNC Hockey different from other leagues?
The TNC Hockey is designed for children who have played competitive hockey and who are now looking to further develop their hockey skills in a viable non-contact league.
Until now, no such competitive program has existed for boys ages 11 to 17 in the Toronto area. From just a 3 team Peewee division in the 2009-10 season, and an 8 team 2 division (4 Peewee and 4 Bantam teams) in the 2010-11 season, we expanded to 13 teams in 3 divisions in 2012-13. In fact the TNC Hockey is expanding so rapidly and we expect to have more teams per division for the 2013-14 season. Our goal of adding a new division every other year has been met in our 3rdyear, well sooner than anticipated. The TNC Hockey intends to ultimately bridge the gap from age 11, when contact begins in rep hockey, to age 18, when non-contact adult hockey leagues are available.

The focus of the TNC Hockey is on skating, passing, teamwork, and fair play. It is our firm belief that such development in a non-contact environment will help the children improve their game, raise their skill level, and assist them not only becoming smarter, more confident hockey players but better persons as well.
Also very important for the TNC Hockey is to bring change in the "hockey culture" so that young children and their parents promote fair play, good sportsmanship and respect for all involved in the game. As parents we have to realize that change is required to reduce the risk of injury, particularly brain injuries, for all young players. As countless studies have shown by eliminating contact we eliminate the major factor of injuries and therefore have a safer game on the ice based on skills rather than brute force and intimidation.


At the end all children want to play for their own enjoyment and to have fun even at the highest competitive level and that's exactly what we are trying to accomplish by creating the right environment for them.

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Is TNC Hockey a for-profit business?
No, the TNC Hockey is incorporated as a non-profit. It is a grass roots organization run by volunteer parents.
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What happens to the fees that the parents pay?
All of the fees go to pay for the various expenses of operating the TNC Hockey. The budget is available to all parents and any changes by the Board will be regularly posted for the parents to see.
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Can I expect a discount if I have two or more children in the league?
We do not expect to offer sibling discounts. All of our expenses have been carefully projected and allocated among each player in the league.
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How do I sign up my child for a tryout?
You can sign up your child for a tryout through this link which will be active as soon as we will post the exact dates. We expect to have tryouts starting in early February 2013. Please click here to contact us if you require more information.
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How many practices per week?
A balanced lifestyle is one of the important objectives in the formation of the TNC Hockey. Thus, every week we will have one team practice run by the team coaches and one skills clinic run by Jules Jardine our Technical Director. Goalies may participate in separate goalie skills clinics and a separate amount is secured in the budget for their extra training.
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How many games per week?
A balanced lifestyle is one of the important objectives in the formation of the TNC Hockey. Thus, the norm is to have one game per team per week. To accommodate the schedule occasionally teams might play more games per week and of course in special circumstances like tournaments the number of games naturally increases.
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Will you have professionals running skills sessions and if so, how often?
Absolutely! We rely on the best processionals so that our children get the best instruction. We have a weekly, skills clinics for each team run by Jules Jardine our Technical Director. Goalies may participate in separate skills clinic and a separate amount is secured in the budget for their training.
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What if the date of the tryouts my child can not make it due to illness or other reason?
If your child cannot attend any posted date of tryouts, please contact us and we will discuss potential options for evaluation.
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If you fail to make it in the first round of tryout sessions would another opportunity arise?
We always schedule at least 2 different dates for tryouts for each division and there is always a possibility for more based on demand.
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Are girls allowed to play in the TNC Hockey?
Yes of course. We will not discriminate based on gender. Selection to the TNC Hockey will be based on skills demonstrated during tryouts.

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Which arenas would the league use for practices and games?
We are presently using the following arenas (click the name to see a map):

Maple Leaf Gardens (Now: Mattamy Athletic Centre) Mondays 7-10pm and Saturdays 7-10 am ( 60 Carlton Street, Toronto, ON M5B-1L1)

Phil White Arena Tue 7-10 PM, Fri 7-10PM and Saturdays 8 AM -12 Noon (443 Arlington Ave, Toronto, ON M6C 1A1).

Chris Tonks Arena Thursdays 5:15 PM-7 PM ( 2801 Eglinton Ave West, Toronto, ON M6M 5B4)

Forest Hill Arena Saturdays 5:30- 6:30 PM and 7-10PM (340 Chaplin Cres Toronto ON M5N2N3)


Canlan Ice Sports Sundays 11AM - 3PM (1120 Martin Grove Road, Etobicoke, ON, M9W4W1 )

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How much does it cost?
We have established a price of $1200 for the 2012-13 season. We expect the price to be increased slightly for the 2013-14 season due to increased ice time costs and depending on how much ice the city will provide us to meet our requirements. For the 2012-13 season (as we did every year since our first season in 2009-10) we distributed a detailed budget with all of our actual and projected expenses to all the parents. We believe in transparency and cutting down the costs. Hockey can be an affordable sport even at the higher competitive level we operate in. If a qualified player can not afford our fees then we will find ways to accommodate his/her needs. No qualified, skilled player who wants to participate in the TNC Hockey will be left out because of financial difficulties. The board of directors has a mandate to secure funds for these situations.
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What if I can not afford your fees?
Please contact us to discuss further. Hockey can be an affordable sport even at the higher competitive level we operate in. If a player can not afford our fees then we will find ways to accommodate her/his need. No skilled player who wants to participate in the TNC Hockey will be left out because of the inability to pay the fees. The board of directors have a mandate to secure funds for these situations and to help the less fortunate. We are here for the children not for the fees!
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Will parents friends or any spectators pay gate or any other fees to watch games?
Absolutely not. The games are free for everyone to watch and enjoy.
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I really love the idea of this league, how can I help?
There is always a need for volunteers. Please contact us through this link to discuss further.
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Who will be responsible for the smooth operation of the league?
The League Management Committee (LMC) controls all the operations of the League. The Board of Directors oversees the smooth operation of the league. If you are interested in assisting, please contact us.
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Who can be a member of the League Management Committee (LMC)?
Anybody with experience in hockey operations. The LMC members have to be approved by the Board of Directors who oversee the overall smooth operation and management of the league. If you are interested in assisting, please contact us.
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I would love to coach a team where do I apply?
Please contact us through this link to discuss further.
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What are the requirements to coach a team?
All coaches will be required to adhere to the philosophy of the league. As teachers and mentors for the kids all coaches will have to attend coaches clinics and work close with the technical director of the league as well as the LMC. Coaches have to be role models for all the players. Coaches will be required to attend coach training at the rep level. This entails a 16.5 hour weekend training program. Also required is the process of going through a police check before assuming any position that will bring any person in close contact with the players. If you are interested, please contact us to discuss further.
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Do I have to register a child to be eligible to sit at the bench?
No, you do not have to have a child participating in the league to be a coach or trainer. If your are interested, please contact us to discuss further.
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I am an experienced trainer. Can I apply?
Yes of course! Please contact us to discuss further.
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Do managers have a place on a team?
Yes. Please contact us further.
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Do referees get paid?
Yes, referees get paid. The fees for referees for all games has been incorporated into our budget and the costs per player. Currently we have a pool of referees and are not looking for any new.
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How many referees are per game?
We will have two paid referees per game.
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How many games can I expect to referee in one day?
It depends on the number of games and the hours played in one day. Currently we have a pool of referees and are not looking for any new.
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What are the requirements to be a  Timekeeper?
Knowledge of the game, excellent communication with the referees, ability to read game sheets and most importantly knowledge of the time keeping instruments. Currently we do not need any timekeepers.
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Do timekeepers get paid?
Yes timekeepers do get paid. The current rate is $15 per hour. Currently we do not need any timekeepers.
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TNCHL
in the News

About this publication
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 toWhereParentsTalk.com 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
Watch the video

March 12, 2010

Hits to the head
CBC TV "connect with
Mark Kelley"
Watch the interview

January 27, 2010

CHANGING THE `CODE'
New league offers
competition without fear
By: Lois Kalchman
Special to the Star
Read full article

Apr 14, 2009

CBC Toronto
Evening News
View video

Apr 14, 2009

Parents Want No-Hit
Hockey League For Kids

CityNews.ca Staff
Read full article
and watch videos

Monday April 13, 2009

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

By BRETT CLARKSON,
SUN MEDIA
Read full article
and watch videos

14th April 2009, 8:31am

640AM -John Oakley
Listen to the interview

March 31, 2009

TNCHL in an article
by JOHN LORINC
Special to The Globe and Mail
March 28, 2009
Read full article

CTV Toronto Sports
March 27, 2009
Watch Video

Metro Morning
Listen to the interview

March 24, 2009

Watch the video of
the ordeal of this 11 yr old

(src. TheHockeyNews.com)
STUDIES &
ARTICLES
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 CBC.ca
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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