After seven years, the Toronto Non-Contact Hockey League is hanging up their skates.
Co-founder Bill Robertson told the CBC that the league was “a victim of our own success”, pointing to the fact that their organization forced other leagues to re-examine their stance on body-checking. Some, including the GTHL (Greater Toronto Hockey League) and Hockey Canada, eventually banned contact from A-level games and pee-wee hockey, respectively.
Robertson and others behind the TNCHL focused on faster and more respectful hockey, striving for a “higher ideal”. They reached a high of 13 teams after they began operation in 2009.
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