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06-17-2011, 07:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Jarick View Post
I was listening to hockey great Lou Nanne talking about this and his opinion was that checking is one of the easiest things to teach and with the size discrepancy at those ages it's probably a good idea.

From what I've watched of kids that age, the less hitting their is, the better the quality of hockey. I've seen games where nobody plays the puck and just hits each other. I've also seen games with lots of skill, great skating, playing the body but doing it smart.

But yeah the frightening thing is seeing kids that are 6' going up against kids that are 5'. I remember in squirts I was the biggest kid on our team at 5'6 140 pounds and any time we'd play tourneys we'd play teams that had multiple kids close to 6' that I'd have to keep hitting in order to keep them from our skill guys.
The biggest spread of sizes statistically speaking is in Bantam though like you and others have said there can be the odd, though not rare, 6' kids at the 11-12 Peewee age at close to 200 pounds, playing against many kids well below 5', many of which are under 70 pounds. Age spreads can be fully 2 years (Peewee next season in Canada is the '99 and '00) unless they do a minor/major.

Hockey at all rep levels is getting faster and at the top levels it's pretty fast. Kids are getting concussed at all levels, House included, but it is generally greater at higher levels.

It's probably not a popular opinion but I support keeping the kids safer (they still will be taking risks) Their brains are more at risk at that age.

That said, my kid will be probably play rep next year and here that means checking.

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