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Risk Management - Special Events

The purpose of sanctioning a special event is to extend Hockey Canada Insurance Program coverage such as Major Medical / Dental Coverage to activities that do not fall under regular hockey programming.

Special Event Sanctions are for usage of events such as dryland training, fundraisers, and other activities outside of regular hockey programming. Not all activities are eligible for coverage. See the Special Event Sanction Guidelines (PDF) for additional information regarding possible coverage eligibility of specific events.

NOTE:  Only Associations that have applied for the current season  Membership will appear on the dropdown list and may apply for  a special event sanction.  You may apply for Membership here.

Requesting Coverage for a Special Event:

  1. To request coverage for such events, a Special Event Sanction Request Form should be submitted to the BC Hockey office at least 7-10 business days prior to the start of the planned event. 
  2. A separate Special Event Sanction Request Form should be submitted for each different activity. However, if the same activity will occur multiple times, such as dryland training, one request can be submitted for all the dates that activity will occur.
  3. The form must be completed in full.
  4. For dates, it is acceptable to use a span or list of dates.
  5. Please include a detailed description. Listing a generic description such as “dryland training” is insufficient and the form will be returned with a request to expand on the activities.
  6. All Sanction Requests will be returned regardless of whether they are approved or denied. Processed Sanction Requests will be returned via email to the MHA President, Junior or Senior Team President, or Major Midget League Team Manager.

Quick Tips

  • Complete all fields.
  • For dryland training, please provide a list of activities that could take place at any one of the dryland training sessions.
  • For activities involving private or entrepreneurial instructors (dryland, power skating, etc.), must have completed the requirements for Associate Membership prior to participation. For additional information regarding Associate Membership, please see Bulletin 2019-023.
  • Other sporting activities are NOT covered. However, floor hockey may be permitted if players wear helmets, face masks, gloves and elbow pads.
  • Hockey insurance only covers registered members. As such, games between members and nonmembers are not covered.


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