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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
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 ...
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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



Neil Clifford's Testimonial:

March, 2009

I am the father of a 12-year-old boy who played in a competitive, contact hockey league. Over a period of a few years he suffered a series of concussions and neck and back injuries due to hard hits from other players in his division. There is a distressing question that remains with me…”What are the long-term effects of head trauma to my child as he grows and develops, and once the injury has occurred, how do I accurately assess my son’s progress as it relates to his history of head trauma?

I discovered this passage in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, in the July 2003 article, Bodychecking and concussions in ice hockey: Should our youth pay the price?
“The younger developing brain is at an even higher risk of injury. Repeated concussions may lead to permanent learning disabilities and other neurological and psychiatric problems. Pre-adolescent youth with a traumatic brain injury may never fully develop the social and cognitive skills characteristic of adults and may be more violent than those without such an injury.”

I recently talked with the Chairman of the London Hockey Concussion Summit, Dr. P. Echlin, who spoke of concussion and brain trauma resulting from "learned intentional violence". Those three words, I find, are very charged with a great range of meaning. He also added that it is important for individuals at the grass roots to take a stand in order for real social change to occur.

On an emotional level, how is a child affected by being the victim of serious and unprovoked hits from other children? And how does it affect the perpetrator of such hits? Intimidation is a known strategy in contact hockey, but one might have a different perspective and viewpoint if this is taken out of the hockey context and put into a school or other social scenario…

It is very unsettling that I can’t turn back the clock. If only I had listened to my gut, the first time I was witness to a vicious shot given by one player to another. Would we consider things differently, if we could look closely at the faces of our children behind those cages, to actually see their expressions depicting the extent of what it is they are up against- or going after- every time they leave the bench and head out on the ice?

My son isn’t a young warrior, going out to do battle against other 12 year olds. He is a talented athlete, gifted in many sports and who simply enjoys playing hockey at a high level.

I am certain my child would not have chosen to be the recipient of continued punishing body checks and headshots if he had been offered a viable alternative, which could have provided him high caliber hockey without intentional contact.

Without any real alternative, we have bought into this arena of aggression, by choosing to involve our children in this type of activity. I have also wondered about the degree to which we are living vicariously through our children. To what extent are our hockey-loving kids pawns in our own aggressive behaviour? One only needs to look around the stands to see how expressive and animated (to put it mildly!) some individuals and groups of adults can act.

Having done some soul searching of my own, I have decided that my best plan of action is to remove my child from this type of hockey, and join with the many others who have similar experiences or who want to avoid this story.

I am now doing whatever I can to lessen the possibility of further head trauma to children. This singular reason was enough for us to create the Toronto Non-Contact Hockey League.

Neil Clifford

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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
Read full article
and watch videos

Monday April 13, 2009

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

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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
Listen to the interview

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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