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Youth Hockey Transistion

from the Wall Street Journal via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
When the National Hockey League revamped its rules and policies last year, the idea was to speed up play and make games more exciting for fans. But in the nation's youth leagues, enforcing the rules has actually slowed things down and landed many more kids in the penalty box. In trying to mimic the NHL, USA Hockey, the organization that oversees amateur hockey for 370,000 players from ages six to 17, has run into an epidemic of players cooling their skates for holding, hooking and other infractions. In some leagues, games are seeing four times the number of penalties typically called last season. The result, in many places, is frustrated players, irate parents and coaches getting booted from games.
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