Open ice hits, which can lead to some of the worst injuries, are discouraged in the camp.

Quesnel checking clinic helps kids get used to contact

Bantam-aged hockey players get a taste for physicality of game before tryouts

Quesnel and District Minor Hockey Association held a checking clinic this week (Aug 27-30) at the West Fraser Centre.

The clinic was opened to all Bantam- and Midget-aged players who are planning on trying out for the rep team.

No body checking is allowed in minor hockey before the age of 13, so the classes allowed the kids to get a feel for what it is like, before they enter game mode.

“Lots of them haven’t played contact hockey before, so this allows them to get a taste before tryouts next week,” says Bantam coach Gary Salmons, who has been coaching many of the kids since they first started getting ice time.

“It gives them an opportunity to protect themselves more than anything,” he continues.

“And it makes a huge difference. You get rid of those butterflies by getting bumped around early, so it’s not your first time when you show up for tryouts.”

Salmons adds the clinic is a safe environment for them to get used to the jostling.

READ MORE: New arena is perfect for hockey training school

The young players got a chance to scrimmage and practised a number of drills which involved giving and receiving checks along the boards.

There was a noticeable lack of Scott Stevens-esque open-ice hits, however.

“We talk more about avoiding the open-ice contact now,” says Salmons.

“It’s not like it used to be. Body contact is still a part of the game, but it’s just a small part of the game.

“We teach them more about protecting themselves, [checking] correctly and respecting their opponents. That’s really what it’s about.”

Mike Ernst, the general manager for the Bantams, explains: “It doesn’t matter how big, how strong or how fast you are, you get run over, you get caught.

“We just try our best to prepare them for that.”

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter


Good checking is often a matter of timing. Kids lined each other up to land effective hits.

Just Posted

Letter: Concerned about options considered for caribou recovery

“The exploding wolf population is the cause of the depleting caribou and moose herds,” writes Frank Dorsey

Forestry Ink: Eight companies control 50 per cent of B.C.’s public forest tenures

Columnist Jim Hilton looks at the apportionment of timber rights and Annual Allowable Cut

‘My life was saved at an OPS site’

CSUN raises awareness about Overdose Prevention Services sites on National Day of Action in Quesnel

Historic building in Alexis Creek destroyed by fire overnight

“If it hadn’t been a heavy rain last night we could have lost many houses in the area”

We’re a far cry from justice seen to be done

The weekly editorial for the 100 Mile Free Press

VIDEO: Alberta man creates world’s biggest caricature

Dean Foster is trying to break the world record for a radio show contest

B.C. RCMP receive application for Police Cat Services

RCMP announced the launch of the Police Cat Services unit as an April fools joke

Kirkland Signature veggie burgers recalled due to possible metal fragments

Recalled products came in 1.7 kg packages with a best before date of Apr. 23, 2019

Chaos at the ferry terminal for people heading from Vancouver to the Island

Easter crowds create backlog at Tsawwassen ferry terminal

Parents of 13 who tortured children get life after hearing victims

One of their daughters fled their home and pleaded for help to a 911 operator

Flooding, climate change force Quebecers to rethink relationship with water

Compensation for victims of recurring floods limit to 50% of a home’s value, or a maximum of $100,000

Storms blast South, where tornadoes threaten several states

9.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia at a moderate risk of severe weather

Private cargo ship brings Easter feast to the space station

There are three Americans two Russians and one Canadian living on the space station

Notre Dame rector: “Computer glitch” possible fire culprit

The fire burned through the lattice of oak beams supporting the monument’s vaulted stone ceiling

Most Read