Player Safety


Both Hockey Canada and Hockey Alberta are committed to a safe and fun environment for all participants to enjoy the game. Because of the nature of the game of hockey – the skills, the pace, and the playing area, injuries can occur from time to time. The impact of these unfortunate occurrences can be minimized by taking the proper steps to prevent, recognize, and manage injuries effectively. Read more >


Due to the nature of concussions there are many signs and symptoms that could indicate a concussion has occurred, some of which are immediate and require immediate attention while others may appear gradually over a period of time.

Hockey Alberta

Hockey Canada and Hockey Alberta are dedicated to ensuring a safe and fun environment for all participants.

An important aspect of injury prevention is addressing concussions in sport and providing the information required in:

  • PREVENTION: Ultimately, we want to prevent concussions from occurring. That starts with respecting the safety and well-being of everyone sharing the ice with us, and includes wearing proper equipment, and eliminating dangerous hits.
  • RECOGNITION: What are the signs and symptoms of a concussion? Knowledge is key so we can observe and recognize a possible concussion, and get the person to medical attention.
  • RESPONSIBLE RETURN TO PLAY: Everyone wants to get back on the ice as soon as possible. With a concussion, there is a gradual, six-step process that must be followed, which includes observing and recognizing if symptoms return.

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Respect in Sport

The Respect in Sport (RIS) Parent Program is a one-hour online certification program that reinforces the role of parents in their children’s hockey experience. The program empowers parents to ensure the safety of their children, encourage positive and effective communication, and enhance their children’s enjoyment of the sport.

Before a child steps onto the ice, Hockey Alberta requires at least one parent complete the RIS program. After completing the program, the parent will receive an RIS number. The parent must provide this RIS number to the team coach or manager before the first practice date. If a parent registers more than one child for hockey, all children must be registered with that RIS number.

In 2018, Hockey Alberta announced recertification in Respect in Sport is mandatory every four seasons.

Fit to Play

Just as important to ensuring the injured participant gradually returns to the game is ensuring the participant is fit to play again which means that the participant is in the physical condition to return to game play. Read more >