Sportsmanship Starts in the Stands

An educational program launched in partnership with the Vancouver Canucks encourages positive behaviour by hockey parents in the rink.

The game of hockey is for kids. Kids play the game because they love it and because it is fun. As parents we must realize, that for kids, positive participation is always more important than excellence. The personal and social development that comes from being part of a team is one of the most enriching experiences offered by the game.

Being a hockey parent is no easy task. Hockey parents often fill not only the role of parent, but also the role of an essential hockey volunteer. Parents may be coaches, evaluators, directors, etc. Balancing these roles can be challenging. That is why BC Hockey and Hockey Canada provide resources and programs to assist parents in ensuring that their children’s hockey experiences are positive.


Concussion Awareness Training provides up-to-date concussion awareness for parents and coaches. It includes resources to effectively prevent, recognize and manage a players recovery



Lessons from being the glass

BC Hockey partnered with the Vancouver Canucks and author of Lessons From Behind the Glass, Allyson Tufts, to create a video series of "lessons" to continue to promote sportsmanship and positivity in the stands.


Respect in Sport

It is highly recommended parents and players take this online course so we are all on the same page on dealing with situations.




Other Parent Resources:

Hockey Canada’s Parents Program

Hockey Canada's Parents Downloads

Nutritional Guide for Youth Athletes