Hockey players with assistive devices banned from some Ontario competitions

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Assistive devices have been banned from hockey competitions in Ontario. (Twitter // HoopPhysLit)
Assistive devices have been banned from hockey competitions in Ontario. (Twitter // HoopPhysLit)

The Capital City Condors, a hockey team in Ottawa for people with special needs, has been dealt some very upsetting news.

The club has been told that certain members will not be able to play in upcoming competitions because they use assistive devices in order to play, according to CTV News and CTV Ottawa. This was brought to their attention by organizers of a Kitchener, Ont. Friendship tournament, who were directed by the Ontario Hockey Federation to ban any such devices from use during the event.

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“This was always a place where that never happened,” Jim Perkins, the man who launched the Condors program told CTV Ottawa. “This was the safest place — right? — because everybody is the same.” 

This ruling has been very disheartening for members of the squad and their parents, who now have to tell their child they can not participate in certain events.

“Their absolute highlight is going to tournaments and playing other teams,” parent Mark Jamensky detailed to CTV News. “They’re being precluded from doing so because of some ruling none of us really understand.”

Perkins has stated that the Condors are contemplating filing a human rights complaint against the OHF and Hockey Canada, and will not be participating in any tournaments unless all players are welcomed. It is a real shame that some players who need these devices in order to play the game they love aren’t being allowed to do so.

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