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Newfoundland hockey group votes to keep body checking for players aged 13 to 17

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The hockey association in Newfoundland and Labrador has voted to continue allowing body checking in bantam and midget hockey.

The association voted during its annual convention on the weekend to defeat a motion calling for body checking to be removed for players aged 13 to 17.

Association President Jack Lee says there was heated discussion on both sides of the argument.

Lee says he believes people will eventually realize the importance of taking checking out of certain levels of hockey.

He says it is up to those who administer the game to make it safer and if that means taking checking out of the game then it's a necessary step.

Hockey Canada doesn't allow checking at the atom and pee wee levels.

(VOCM)

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