Peewee Hockey Body-checking Removal Supported by Saskatchewan Residents

A new independent online poll conducted by Insightrix Research Inc. suggests that a majority of Saskatchewan residents are in favour of Hockey Canada’s recent decision to remove body checking in peewee and lower levels of hockey.

Specifically, 63% of Saskatchewan residents either strongly support (44%) or somewhat support (19%) the removal of body-checking in peewee-level hockey and lower levels. However, nearly one quarter (23%) of Saskatchewan residents oppose the decision, either somewhat (12%) or strongly (11%). Four percent are unsure and the remaining 10% have no opinion on the matter.

Opposition to the ban is stronger among males, who are twice as likely (30%) to oppose the decision as females (15%). Meanwhile, those who currently have children or have had children play at the peewee level are twice as likely (38%) to oppose the ban when compared to those who have never had kids play at this level (19% oppose).

Research Details
A total of 803 randomly-selected SaskWatch Research™ panel members from Saskatchewan participated in the online research study between the dates of June 11th and 13th, 2013. Quotas were set by age and gender to match the general population of the province. As the research is conducted online, it is considered to be a non-probability proportion sample and therefore, margins of error are not applicable.

About SaskWatch Research™
Insightrix started developing the SaskWatch Research™ online market research panel in October 2007, using high-quality techniques including telephone recruitment and referrals from existing panel members. Presently, there are over 14,250 active panel members representing all regions of the province, and distributions of the general population. The panel membership closely matches the 2011 Census based on age, gender, household composition, household income and education. For more information, please visit:

About Insightrix
Founded in 2001, Insightrix Research Inc. is a full-service market research firm that helps clients develop, administer, and manage data collection and information strategies. From its office in Saskatoon, Insightrix offers a comprehensive range of research services.

For further information contact:
Lang McGilp, Senior Research Executive
Insightrix Research Inc.
Tel: 306.657.5640 Ext. 229
Cell: 306.290.9599

2 comments On Peewee Hockey Body-checking Removal Supported by Saskatchewan Residents

  • Yes – I agree with the removal of body checking in PeeWee Hockey – this will give them time to mature in body plus let them really learn the game – not only strengthening their skating abilities but stressing the ‘setting up’ in the game – passing, offensive and defensive moves — even the smaller hockey players can still play the game without fear of getting hurt.

  • Yeah, body checking this early in the game can have an effect on the brain. Age’s 14 & up would be a good start on full contact/boby checking. Thats my opinion.

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