At this year’s annual winter congress meeting in Montreal, Hockey Canada announced that revisions would be made to the names of the age-division groups across the country.
The terms “novice”, “peewee”, “atom” and “bantam” along with others will be removed at the start of the 2020-21 season, and replaced with age based names for the groups, starting at “Under 7” all the way up to “Under 21”. It has also been confirmed that junior and senior teams will not be affected by the name changes.
One of the terms, “Midget”, is a common name for a youth age group in multiple different sports, despite it being considered derogatory. Athletics Canada said in January that they would look to change the name of the group as many saw it as having a negative meaning.
In a statement released by Michael Brind’Amour, chair of the Hockey Canada Board of Directors, he addressed the issue of the names and how they contradict the message of inclusion that Hockey Canada tries to demonstrate.