Swedish Women’s Hockey League to Introduce Bodychecking

The SDHL, a professional women’s hockey league in Sweden, has announced a pilot program introducing bodychecking for next season. The program will also extend to Sweden’s second-tier women’s league, Damettan.

Open ice hits will not be allowed, however, body checking along the boards will be legal.

“We have allowed more physical play in SDHL the last four seasons with good results,” said Morgan Johansson, project manager for Project Zero Vision in the SDHL’s statement via Google Translate. “It is difficult to say without facts on the table that more physical play means fewer concussions, but now we have that basis. It feels incredibly exciting that Swedish ice hockey can be pioneers in introducing tackles in women’s hockey.”

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