ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — The governing body for amateur hockey in Newfoundland and Labrador has banned end-of-game handshakes.
A post today on Hockey NL’s website says there have been “issues” with the handshakes that have led to suspensions for players and coaches.
The notice addressed to all minor hockey associations and leagues says officials will instead direct both teams to their dressing rooms at the conclusion of each game.
Before matches begin, the visiting team will skate by the home team’s bench and offer a glove tap or handshake to wish their opponents a good game.
The memo says the change will come into effect for all games after the Christmas break.
An official with Hockey NL wasn’t immediately available to answer questions.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 21, 2023.
The Canadian Press