Minnesota Hockey and USA hockey with the support of coaches, officials and association leaders have worked hard at providing a safe environment for players. There are number of programs and resources that have been put in place and are available, such as the Hockey Education Program (HEP), Heads-Up Don't Duck, progressive body contact checking training program, the STOP patch and concussion education and protocol.
Minnesota Hockey is committed to add and improve programs to ensure players safety in the future. However, recent incidents (such as those involving Jack Jablonski & Jenna Privette) remind all of us to continue reinforcing these efforts to eliminate dangerous and illegal hits and to teach correct body contact and checking techniques.
With that in mind, we make the following recommendations:
President, Minnesota Hockey
“If we use a progression, that kind of a model, kids are going to be prepared for contact when they get to contact....