USA Hockey Safe Sport

The safety of its participants is of paramount importance to USA Hockey.  USA Hockey SafeSport is the organization’s program related to off-ice safety.

USA Hockey has long had systems in place to protect its participants from physical abuse, sexual abuse and other types of abuse and misconduct that can be harmful to youth hockey players and other participants.  These include without limitation Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Screening, Locker Room Supervision and Hazing Policies, in addition to Codes of Conduct applicable to administrators, coaches, officials, parents, players and spectators.  The USA Hockey SafeSport Handbook is intended to update and collect USA Hockey’s various policies to protect its participants from all types of misconduct and abuse.

USA Hockey has ZERO TOLERANCE for abuse and misconduct.

This SafeSport Handbook includes the various Policies that apply to all USA Hockey Member Programs.  Those Policies address

  • Sexual Abuse
  • Physical Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Bullying, Threats and Harassment
  • Hazing

The Policies also address areas where misconduct can occur and are intended to reduce the risk of potential abuse, including:

  • Locker Room Policy
  • Electronic Communications Policy
  • Travel Policy
  • Billeting Policy

In addition to Policies, the SafeSport Handbook includes the available and required Training of USA Hockey and its Member Programs’ employees, volunteers, administrators, coaches, parents and players on recognizing and reducing circumstances for potential abuse to occur; information on USA Hockey’s Screening and Background Check Program; the availability and procedures for any person to Report suspected abuse or misconduct (including protections from any retaliation or repercussions for such reporting); the procedures and means by which USA Hockey and its Member Programs should Respond to allegations of abuse and misconduct; and how USA Hockey and its Member Programs will Monitor and Supervise the SafeSport Program to help ensure its effectiveness.

By combining all of these elements into a comprehensive SafeSport Program, USA Hockey intends to create the safest possible environment for participation in hockey.

Al Cann – Skylands Ice World / Skylands Kings

2016-17 Safe Sport Coordinator

A message from Mr Cann:

My name is Al Cann and I am the USA Hockey Safe Sport Coordinator for Skylands Ice World.  I am a level 3 certified coach and I have coached here at Skylands at various levels as a head coach and as an assistant coach for the past 6 years.  I also am an assistant varsity hockey coach at Pascack Valley High School.  In addition, I am a high school teacher in New Jersey and I have been teaching for 30 years.  Currently, my two sons play hockey for the Kings.   

USA Hockey Safe Sport is the organization’s program relating to off ice safety.  

Above is a link further describing USA Hockey’s Safe Sport Program.  Each organization in partnership with USA Hockey must appoint an individual who can be contacted by parents with concerns about their child’s off-ice safety.   I can be reached by cell phone (845-544-3271) or by email ( and I will respond the same day or, at latest, the following morning.  Your child’s safety is of paramount importance to Skylands Ice World and my job is to ensure that safety.  

Al Cann