The term “Midget” to be removed from Manitoba junior hockey

Basketball Manitoba has previously stopped the word “midget,” from being used for category titles. Hockey is following suit.
Basketball Manitoba has previously stopped the word “midget,” from being used for category titles. Hockey is following suit.

At a Manitoba’s AAA hockey awards banquet, officials had some changes to announce.

The term “midget” will no longer be used to designate the junior age level.

Samantha Rayburn-Trubyk, president of Little People of Manitoba has been pushing for the expulsion of the word.

“It’s a word that comes from the freak-show era days, where little people were put on display to be laughed at, ridiculed, mocked.”

“[The] word also stems from a midge, which means tiny fly that spreads disease. I’m not sure if anybody would want to be referred to as that.”

Director of Sport Manitoba, Janet McMahon, said it was a “fairly simple change,” firmly in the direction of “get[ting] it right.”

Executive Director of Hockey Manitoba also commented that he was “always receptive to concerns.”

“Provincial midget” will become “U-18 Provincial” and “U-17 City Midget” will turn into “U-17 Prep.”

Basketball Manitoba has previously stopped the word “midget,” from being used for category titles.