A ban on body checking for young hockey players could be in place in Manitoba as early as this fall.
Hockey Manitoba officials said the issue will be up for discussion at Hockey Canada's annual meeting later this month.
Checking at the peewee level has been a hot topic for hockey associations recently, with Hockey Alberta recently banning checking for its 11 and 12-year-old players.
Other provinces, like Ontario and Quebec have banned checking in some of their peewee leagues.
The executive director of Hockey Manitoba, Peter Woods, said if a national ban were put in place, Hockey Manitoba would support it.
He said the ban could "allow players a greater opportunity to be introduced to the skills of the game — to be taught properly. That would certainly be the primary factor because of some of the injuries and risks that are involved with players a little bit younger."
Woods said he didn’t know offhand how many 11 and 12 year old players in Manitoba have been injured from checking but said he thinks the number is rising.
If the ban were implemented, body-checking would begin at the bantam level.