Keeping all Thunderbirds safe is our top priority. This includes our players, parents, coaches, team staff and officials. Safety is not only dealing with physical injuries, including concussions, but also includes mental wellness and ensuring our dressing rooms, stands and Thunderbird gatherings are a safe haven.

If anyone witnesses a situation that is unsafe, or emotionally distressing to any of our members, it is essential that you follow the chain of communication to report it. We have to support each other and be leaders in our hockey communities of showing respect, watching for risk indicators, and being brave enough to speak out against any situation that is offside.

If you are a team HCSP , please review Hockey Canada's Safety Person's Code of Ethics. Please also ensure you understand your role as HCSP by referring to this overview.

If you are interested in becoming a Hockey Canada Safety Person (HCSP), you require the following qualifications:

  1. Criminal Record Check
  2. Respect in Sport – click HERE and then choose Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders
  3. Concussion Awareness Training Tool – click HERE
  4. Safety Course - click HERE

If you have any questions please contact Nancy Lis, Risk Manager, at nlis@vancouvertbirds.ca

Hockey Canada Safety Program

Did you know that every team must have an HCSP certified person? This volunteer role must be filled by a parent on every team and the certification is good for 3 years.

Respect in Sport

Coaches are required to take this online course, and it is highly recommended for parents and players so we are all on the same page on dealing with situations.

Concussion Awareness

Cattonline.com provides up-to-date concussion education for parents and coaches. It includes resources to effectively prevent, recognize and manage a players recovery.


ePACT was created to help families and organizations prepare for and communicate in the event of an emergency.

Information from BC Hockey

BC Hockey has collected a number of resources within the broad spectrum of risk management.

Criminal Record Checks

Every board, staff and team staff member is required to have a valid criminal record check.