Changes to the age group names by Hockey Canada are being welcomed with open arms locally.
The governing body of hockey in Canada announced earlier this week that categories that included midget, novice, peewee, atom and bantam, will be replaced by names descriptive of the ages of the players, from
under-7 up to U-21.
The Executive Director of Alliance Hockey, a minor level hockey organization that covers southern Ontario, says they want to continue to grow the sport and show that it’s for everyone.
Tony Martindale says it’s all about making sure everyone feels like they can play.
“We want to be more inclusive and if some of the names that had been in place for a long, long time was thought not to be inclusive then we should change it.”
Hockey Canada says it will be implementing the new age division names for next season