Should hitting be allowed when it's boys against girls?

An Our Game reader asks the experts whether a game between a hitting boy's team and a non-hitting women's team should include bodychecking.

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Now for today's question, which comes from Reggie Barriere in B.C.

Q: If girls decide to play in a non-hitting league and they play a hitting team, should hitting be allowed?

A: Who better to tackle this one than Our Game columnist Kim McCullough, who writes about the women's game. Here's what Kim had to say:

"If it is a non-hitting league, I think the hitting team should respect the rules of the league and hitting should not be allowed in  the game. When elite women's hockey teams play against men's Midget AAA and Junior teams for training, hitting is not allowed (but body contact is). 

"However, if a girl decides to play in a full bodychecking league, then she will have to abide by that league's rules and play with full checking."

A quick note about bodychecking: It's not part of the women's game now, but was allowed in international play up until (and including) the 1990 World Championships. Team Canada won that title, decked out in pink jerseys, to boot.

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