Canada, if you haven't noticed, loves hockey. The game is so addictive that many Canadians will play road hockey whether it is legal or not. Prohibiting this activity only drives it underground and makes young people afraid of the law enforcement officers who patrol their neighbourhoods.
No one is saying that road hockey should be legal on a major highway. However, surely the game could be played safely on small roads and streets in communities across Canada? We need to legalize, regulate and control this activity in order to minimize the potential harms for everyone involved.