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03-05-2012, 07:11 PM
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Originally Posted by ponder View Post
This was not AT ALL the case in Toronto, where I grew up. All the house leagues I heard of within the city had no tryouts, and were non-contact, regardless of age, I can't describe it any better than as beer league for kids. I wouldn't be surprised if there were some house leagues in Toronto with tryouts and contact, but most were non-contact with no tryouts. Contact and tryouts were more for A, AA, AAA and high school hockey. Now it's the case that house league is non-contact throughout Ontario. Sounds like it's different in Alberta and the States, but clearly it depends on where you go.
That's really surprising, last year was my last year of midget, I played tier 1 which was the highest level of non rep hockey in Edmonton, and the games could get really chippy, even fights occasionally.

Sucks for Ontario kids, probably the same players playing rep every year regardless of talent because they have actually experienced contact.

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