CALGARY, ALBERTA – Hockey Canada, in conjunction with its 13 member Branches, launched an educational plan
around the topic of checking in minor hockey, which includes an educational DVD.
30,000 complimentary copies of the ‘Check It Out!’ DVD will be mailed to all minor hockey associations in
Canada beginning the week of October 20th. An informative and interactive web site section called ‘Check It
Out’ is available at www.hockeycanada.ca and a series of clinics and resources for coaches across Canada has
also been put in place to ensure the proper instruction of checking skills in minor hockey.
The DVD, created by Hockey Canada and produced by Insight Sports Ltd. of Edmonton, is an educational tool
that is the cornerstone piece of Hockey Canada’s goal of educating all hockey participants of the four step
teaching progression of checking skills in minor hockey: 1) angling and positioning; 2) stick checking; 3)
body contact / confidence; and 4) body checking.
Minor hockey associations are encouraged to hold coaching meetings within their associations to review the
content outlined on the DVD, conduct checking clinics for all coaches through their Branch office, and make
resources available to their coaches at all levels of play on checking and other skills.
“The ‘Check It Out!’ DVD is a educational resource that is targeted at players, coaches, officials,
parents and minor hockey associations to educate them on the progressive teaching approach on the 4-step
progression of checking, “ said Hockey Canada’ s Vice-president, Hockey, Johnny Misley. “Checking is a skill,
and needs to be taught properly by our coaches which will result in a safe and fun environment for all
participants of our great game.”
As of October 16th, Hockey Canada’s web site will have a special checking section at www.hockeycanada.ca.
All minor hockey participants in Canada are encouraged to view the resources available on this web site.
Additional educational resources on checking and skill development are available from all 13 Branch offices
of Hockey Canada, and at the four Hockey Canada Centres of Excellence (Saint John, NB; Montreal, QC; Calgary,
AB; Vancouver, BC).
All of Hockey Canada’s thirteen Branches deliver checking clinics which are available upon request by
minor hockey associations. Minor hockey associations in Canada that are interested in hosting clinics are
encouraged to contact their Branch office to get more information about the process to confirm dates,
locations and times. Links to Branch resources and clinic information are available at www.hockeycanada.ca
“The Officers and the Board of Directors of Hockey Canada feel that these additional educational resources
we are providing to our members will benefit all participants of the game”, said Allan Matthews, Chair of the
Board for Hockey Canada. “We will continue to work closely with all Branches, and particularly with those
Branches that have been approved to conduct controlled research projects to ensure that all participants are
taught the proper skills of checking in a progressive manner.”
Hockey Canada has focused on three streams of information to clarify the action steps taken to support the
proper implementation of checking skills in the game of hockey. These areas of information include:
background and regulation, education and research.