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05-23-2008, 07:19 PM
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Originally Posted by MikeD View Post
While checking may start at a later age than 7 hockey does encourage very aggressive behavior. We are talking about the only pro sport where "fighting" are considered a minor penalty. Of course any contact sport will encourage aggressive behavior. The age that checking begins does not provide a major rebutt to your profs side of the debate.
Agree. Also to some extent sportsmanship is discouraged in the name of entertainment at the Junior to NHL level so the 7 year olds have that as role models; even if the same players (the role models), are respectful individuals off the ice, on the soccer fields, or even playing contact sports like football or rugby.

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