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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 ...
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


October Tip of the Month -LACE EM UP TIGHT

By Jules Jardine - Technical Director TNC Hockey

One of the most common mistakes I see on a daily basis is loose skates.

We have all heard stories of how Pros don't do up the top eyelets on their skates. If that is true at all, it is an overwhelming minority and Pros are strong enough to get away with it. At the minor hockey level, (even up to 14 years old), players should always tie the top two eyelets up tight. The lower eyelets don't have to be as tight, they can be snug, but you should have trouble putting one finger under the bowtie of a correctly tightened skate.

The skate boot is similar to a ski boot in the sense that it is there for support. You most certainly wouldn't go down a steep ski hill with loose bindings. I watch kids day after day skating around with their ankles wobbling in their skates. More than half the time that they fall down is not because of their balance, it is because they have no support. At times I have literally been able to fit my entire fist through the laces of an improperly tied skate. If I had a nickel for every time I sent one of my instructors to tighten a kid’s loose skates, well I would be........

Parents, don't fall for the excuses of, 'it hurts my ankles' or 'I can't bend forward', lace them up tight. I know that these newer generation skates are very stiff and this gives a false sense that you have good support, but that stiffness is just the outer shell of the boot. The laces still need to be tight so the inside of the boot is snug around the ankle. If you don’t tie a pair of skates tight enough, the player will probably outgrow the skates before they are even broken in properly. Even if they are baked in the oven for fitting, every new pair of skates will hurt somewhat for the first few weeks, especially in the arch of the foot. Don’t worry, they will get used to it and once broken in properly they will skate much better. When they are making millions they can do what they want, until then do it right, LACE EM UP TIGHT.

Moms, if you can't get them tight enough ask one of the dads to do it. Also, don’t tie laces that are too long around the ankle. The laces will naturally find the smallest circumference around the ankle and will loosen up a bit. This also breaks down the back of the skate reducing support and breaking down the skate faster. If your laces are too long double knot them instead.

Here is a tip to help your child if they are tying their own skates. When you are pulling the laces to tighten, push your toe down to the floor. This will create leverage with a pushing and pulling motion to help get the skate tight. It takes some practice but it works. More than half of the boys on my 2003 AAA team can tie their own skates and they get them more than tight enough.

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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
Watch the video

March 12, 2010

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

January 27, 2010

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 Staff
Read full article
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
Listen to the interview

March 31, 2009

TNCHL in an article
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

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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