Grand Valley & District Minor Hockey Association: Safety & Equipment

Hockey Canada Speak Out Program

Safety Towards Other Players 'STOP'
Most players are now wearing the 'STOP' patch on the backs of their hockey jerseys these days, but do you know what they are doing there? How the program came about? What it is designed to reduce?

Think First
National Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Prevention Foundation

Concussions In Hockey
Any time a player participates in contact sport, the risk of injury exists. Concussions are unfortunately an all ...

Kids Health

The HDCO Guide to Fitting Hockey Equipment
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Proper fitting equipment is an important aspect of player safety. Check out this site to determine how to outfit your player properly.

Hockey Canada Safey Programs
A link to the Hockey Canada Safety Program site which details the program and has various downloads available for hockey saftey personnel.

Mouthguards Are Mandatory
As of January 1, 2002 the OMHA Mouthguard Policy comes into full effect. No mouthguard means no ice. On ice officials will be checking for mouthguards and if a player is missing one or not wearing it properly, they will be assessed a 10 minute misconduct penalty. Coaches and Trainers will be looking for mouthguards in practices as well, and if the player is not wearing theirs, again they will have to leave the ice. Please remember to check your equipment bag before leaving for the rink.
Grand Valley & District Minor Hockey does not endorse any one mouthguard over another. We encourage the parents to read the policy and purchase a mouthguard that meets the standard, and is comfortable for the player. This is the same expectation as for any other required piece of equipment.
More information on the OMHA policy can be obtained by downloading the handout (Micorsoft Word format)

Handout: OMHA Mouthguard Policy

Safe Bodychecking
Taking a body check NEAR the boards may infact be more dangerous than being hit AT the boards.   When a player is against the boards, seldom do they have the same momentum or speed that a player who is approaching the boards to get a puck. Losing your balance from a check while you still have momentum can cause you to hit the boards with more force than a check at the boards and without time to protect yourself.   Learn to approach the boards with your head up, on an angle (not head first) and with reduced speed - BE PREPARED TO TAKE A HIT.   If you're a checker, remember we all have a responsibility to respect your fellow players so look to wedge a player towards the boards not to board or hit them from behind.