Kisio backs play

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:50 AM ET

Junior hockey is about to embark on a new plan. At their semi-annual meeting Saturday, Hockey Canada officials tabled some bold new proposals pertaining to junior hockey.

The initiatives include: Forbidding 15-year-olds from playing junior, keeping them in midget instead; having only one 16-year-old on the roster; and changing the number of imports from two to one player per major junior team.

Calgary Hitmen head coach-GM Kelly Kisio agreed with some of the proposed changes, including the 16-year-old-rule.

"I think it would probably be good for the league but I might be in the minority," said Kisio, from Vancouver, where the Hitmen play the Giants tonight to wrap up their franchise record seven-game road trip.

"For the most part, there's a lot of guys that aren't ready (when they're 16) but there's the few exceptions that are real good."


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