Hockey Canada, and by extension, B.C. Hockey and the rest of the provincial organizations, announced that it will be dropping the current naming system of the minor hockey divisions, and adopting an age-based system more common in soccer and other sports. Instead of atoms, peewees and midgets, kids will play on U11, U13, and U18 teams.
The changes will take place across Canada for the 2020-21 season. The changes came about after a task team looked into concerns about the midget name. The new system is the one used by the International Ice Hockey Federation. Junior and senior teams won't be affected.
"We believe everyone should feel welcome in the game and in our ongoing effort to make hockey more inclusive, the names of our age divisions will change," said Michael Brind'Amour, Chair of Hockey Canada Board of Directors.
"We have gone through a comprehensive review and believe this change will simplify the system for families who may be new to the game. I look forward to the new age division names being implemented for next season."
The new age division names are as follows:
Under-7: 6 years old and under
Under-9: 8 years old and under
Under-11: 10 years old and under
Under-13: 12 years old and under
Under-15: 14 years old and under
Under-18: 17 years old and under
Under-21: 20 years old and under.
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