The MJMHA reviewed this topic-based on Hockey Regina and Saskatoon Minor Hockey implementing the same initiative for the 2019-20 season.
The decision to move to a no-hit league is based on the success of similar changes made by other neighboring minor hockey associations in Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton. These associations removed body checking from a minimum of 50 per cent of their bantam and midget hockey in 2015 and 2016 and have seen the following trends:
The main reason for removing body checking from the B levels of Bantam and Midget is to keep kids in the game of hockey and prevent injuries. The tier system is not impacted by this change and will remain full contact with body checking.