Charlottetown to insist everyone, including staff, wear helmet on ice

Nigel Armstrong
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New regulation will take effect next September, apply even to coaches heading over to bench

Every person on a Charlottetown city rink must wear a helmet as of next September, even the Zamboni driver, council heard Monday.

The announcement was made at the February council meeting by Coun. Mitchell Tweel, chairman of the parks, recreation and leisure activities committee.

He said the announcement comes now, followed soon by signage, notices and advertising as a way to make sure everyone is ready for the new rule.

"The policy comes into place next September so this gives us plenty of time to get the word out," said Tweel.

At the moment, only children 12 and under must wear a helmet at all times while on the ice.

The new legislation will demand that everyone, from children to adults to staff, wear a Canadian Standards Association, or CSA-approved helmet at all times when out on the ice. That includes arenas and outdoor rinks run by the city.

Multi-sport helmets will be accepted. This corrects information previously written in early versions of this story.

Arena staff will be required to wear a helmet when on the ice, said Tweel. He is even looking at making coaches wear a helmet when crossing the ice to a bench.

"We want everyone to be a  part of this new program, to make it much more (safe) for any one of the users," said Tweel. "We want to make this all-inclusive, regardless of what is taking place on the ice, whether it is minor hockey or an adult skate or what ever the case may be.

"From the City's perspective, it certainly addresses issues of liability," he said.

Tweel said other municipalities across Canada are taking the same step.

"With the heavy emphasis on concussions, recreational users, regardless of what the usage is, are all moving in (this) direction," said Tweel.

"At one time, people, regardless of what sport they were involved in, didn't realize they had a concussion and now there is a protocol," he said.

Organizations: Canadian Standards Association

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Canada

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  • rob brown
    February 09, 2016 - 19:22

    great idea mitch. oh yeah so was bicycle helments. not much sense passing a law when no one bothers to enforce it. just another joke.

  • Chuck Wagon
    February 09, 2016 - 16:52

    Those rugs slip on ice. Look out anthem singer, pre-game ceremonies (hello QMJHL Islanders, CIS Panthers, Ch'town minor hockey Spud tourney, etc), and opening face-offs. Have fun with those post-game celebrations. Move over NHL, Hockey Canada, IIHF, etc ...... Charlottetown is leading the charge to 'big brother' us all for on-ice activities that have been going on for over 100 years with personal judgment. Hope the coaches don't fall and bust an elbow while they walk on the ice with a helmet on. There are other means (signage) to limit liability. Better provide direct access to CARI A visitor bench, and Cody Banks home bench. I am not against safety; but I believe in REASONABLE measures so I don't suffocate inside a bubble.

  • Shari Richard
    February 09, 2016 - 16:05

    Re: Helmet.... How will this bi-law effect entertainment on ice? Such as "Disney On Ice, etc?

  • therod
    February 09, 2016 - 09:35

    Guess what city's rinks I WON'T be skating on next winter?

  • de udder guy
    February 09, 2016 - 08:47

    Typical overkill. Perhaps have everyone slide around on their stomachs to decrease the chances of falling too.

  • Chuck Wagon
    February 09, 2016 - 07:33

    Anthem singer. Pregame ceremonies (hello QMJHL Islanders, CIS Panthers, CMHA Spud Tourney, etc). Opening face-off. Post-game celebrations and presentations. The City now has to provide direct off-ice access (for coaches and team personnel) to CARI A visitor bench, and Cody Banks home bench, or else those accessing these benches will have to wear a helmet during their walk on the ice. Move over NHL, Hockey Canada, IIHF, etc. Charlottetown is leading the charge to 'big brother' on-ice activities that have been carried out in northern hemisphere countries for almost 100 years, all with personal judgement. There are other methods (eg signage) to limit liability. I am not against safety; just trying to balance it within reason so I don't suffocate inside a bubble.

  • J
    February 09, 2016 - 07:21

    Tweel this is an absolute joke. Your making it more expensive for people to get exercise! Let me rephrase that ... Adults... Who can make there own decisions. This is the dumbest thing I've ever heard. I think he is grasping at straws lately for changes he can make to the city, it's pathetic.

  • What about figure skaters
    February 09, 2016 - 04:48

    Is the city going to make figure skaters where helmets too???

  • redsandboy
    February 09, 2016 - 04:06

    Soon we will all have to wear helmets to walk down the street ...