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New Hockey Canada rule tells kids to change at home


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Owen Fullerton
October 6, 2023  (8:30 PM)
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With hockey season nearly upon us, minor hockey players and their parents will have to get used to a new rule implemented by Hockey Canada.

Starting this year, players will be expected to show up to the rink wearing at least the "base layer" that they would wear under their equipment. Any player who wants to change their base layer at the rink must do so in a closed washroom stall.
While it is a puzzling change for many, a spokesperson for Hockey Canada said the rule is being implemented to ensure everyone playing is comfortable.
"All participants have the right to utilize the dressing room or appropriate and equivalent dressing environment based on their gender identity, religious beliefs, body image concerns, and other reasons related to their needs," said Hockey Canada spokesperson Esther Madziya.
Craig Robinson, coach of the Halifax Hawks minor hockey team, added that he thinks the rule change is a good idea that could make the room feel safer for everyone.
"This isn't just about gender, it's about everyone being comfortable," Robinson said.
"Coaches can't always visually identify and automatically know what gender someone identifies with, so this allows everybody to fit into that dressing room."
Coaches will be tasked with informing players and their parents of the new rule and ensuring players abide by it.
Story credit: Hockey Unplugged
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