Hailey England, a goalie for the South Shore PeeWee A Ice Sharks, sits in a dressing room at the arena in Lunenburg, N.S., on Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. (Andrew Vaughan/CP)England, whose family lives near Lunenburg, N.S., said the team decided this year without warning that her daughter must be fully dressed before she's allowed to enter her team's dressing room. Her teammates must also be in all of their gear with the exception of their gloves and helmets.
Hailey England said hockey hasn't been as fun this season because of a rule and an issue that she wasn't expecting. She said she played at the same level of hockey last season and the dressing room wasn't an issue. She feels she's not being treated fairly. "I find I miss out on all the conversations in the dressing room and I'm always locked in this little broom closet, or as I think of it a jail cell," she said. "I'm bored because I'm all by myself." Darren Cossar, executive director of Hockey Nova Scotia, said his organization's dressing room policy mirrors that of Hockey Canada's which stipulates that girls and boys must dress separately at age 11 and above.
"I'm always locked in this little broom closet, or as I think of it a jail cell."
However, he said teams do have some wiggle room under the policy as to exactly when the girl can enter the room. "The girl still has the ability to enter the dressing room when appropriately clothed to join her teammates," said Cossar. "But basically the policy just doesn't allow (her) to walk in from the street and strip down and change." Both the team's coach and the president of the South Shore Hockey Association did not return requests for comment. Laura England said she believes the issue is being driven by some parents, although no one has told her their actual complaint. She said local hockey officials will only say that the policy needs to be enforced. "These kids are not showering together, they are not walking around naked together . . . she (Hailey) just wants to be included with her team as a teammate in all aspects," said England.
[Hailey] just wants to be included with her team as a teammate in all aspects."
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