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05-24-2011, 12:13 PM
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Originally Posted by vyktor View Post
It's not a big issue for us in western PA as we will all be on a level playing field. But, I have some friends in Detroit and they are pretty pissed about it. They play a lot against teams from Canada and feel that US kids are already behind the Canadians and that kids should learn to check earlier rather than later.
I was under the impression that checking was not permitted in Canada until the Bantam level. My kid's Pee Wee AA team played in the Bell Cup in Ottawa last year, and there was no checking permitted at the Pee Wee level (incidental contact occurring while playing the puck and angling players off were OK, though, as will be the case under the USA Hockey rules).

Perhaps that was a tournament-specific thing, or a Greater Ottawa rule, but my impression was that it was more widespread. In any event, it certainly suggests that there's not a monolithic rule in Canadian youth hockey permitting checking at younger ages

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