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05-08-2013, 12:40 PM
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Originally Posted by randylahey View Post
I think a lot of people here are missing the boat on another huge reason this was done. Numbers of hockey players are dropping and a huge reason is safety. Parents don't like the hitting aspect. Now this gives the kids another 2 years of playing without hitting. In reality hitting should probably only be in the elite stream and make the rest no-hitting. That's my opinion at least
Once again, a non-expert regulatory body responds with a change that is not thought out and will likely cause negatives. They will refer to these as "unintended consequences" when in reality it reflects a lack of consideration.

Bifurcation of the rules would be simple and allow for players to learn the proper game earlier. If players/parents want a non-hitting game, give them that place, but punishing and handicapping the rest is completely inappropriate and unproductive.

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