Newspaper article The Canadian Press

HKO-Cross-Ice-Kids

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

HKO-Cross-Ice-Kids

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Hockey Canada says it will make it mandatory next season that children getting their first introduction to the game play on reduced-size ice surfaces instead of full-sized rinks.

The organization which governs amateur hockey has been recommending half-ice, or cross-ice, for its initiation programs for five and six-year-olds for more than three decades.

A number of provincial amateur hockey bodies already require rinks be partitioned into smaller surfaces for games for their youngest players.

But Paul Carson, Hockey Canada's vice-president of membership development, says there are still holdouts where beginners play their games on full-sized rinks.

Some online forums and blogs argue there are kids who are ready for full ice and that it's wrong to hold them back because they learn about icing and offsides. …

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