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Hockey Calgary president resigns after blog comments

Jeff Vinnick/The Globe and Mail

Hockey Calgary president Todd Millar has apparently resigned after calling parents who favoured bodychecking in pee wee hockey "morons."

Millar used the word "moron" multiple times in a personal blog he wrote five months ago as Hockey Calgary's member associations prepared for a vote on whether to ban bodychecking at the pee wee level, ages 11 and 12.

The blog resurfaced late last week and, according to the Calgary Sun, Millar said he would resign if there was an outcry over his remarks, which he stated were his personal opinion only. Millar is believed to have sent a resignation letter to Hockey Calgary's board of directors resigning from his volunteer post.

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The bodychecking issue has been a contentious matter in Calgary, dividing parents, coaches and minor hockey administrators. In June, Hockey Calgary's motion to ban bodychecking from pee wee hockey beginning this fall was voted on and overturned.

Late last month, the Hockey Calgary associations voted 54 per cent in favour of amended bodychecking rule. The new motion asks that bodychecking be removed throughout the entire province with the approval of Hockey Alberta and Hockey Canada.

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