Hockey equipment certification council to Undergo Changes

(April 20, 2017) - The Hockey Equipment Certification Council (HECC) will undergo a significant change when it will begin contracting out oversight of certifications to an accredited certification body. The announcement for the HECC Certification Program Validator will be made June 22 at the HECC Annual Meeting in Albany, N.Y.

The bidding process to become the HECC Certification Program Validator ended March 31. This bidder chosen will be the validator from Oct. 17, 2017 until Oct. 21, 2020.

HECC has also responded to some complaints about the expiration dates on HECC labels becoming illegible for coaches, referees and league officials. HECC cannot provide replacement labels but has adopted a temporary policy through 2017 where if helmets don't appear to be damaged, have a HECC label that is identifiable except for the expiration date or have a legible manufacturing date on the CSA sticker or from the manufacturer inside the helmet that is less than seven year from the date of play/date of inspection then league officials may allow the player to use the helmet.

Click here for more details on the HECC hockey helmet label policy.

HECC was created at the request of USA Hockey in 1978 and has been the overseer of certifications for player helmets, goaltender headgear, eye and face protection and visors. HECC develops and establishes criteria and procedures for certification, designs and determines the method of identifying the certified equipment, promotes the use of certified products, monitors the program to ascertain its effectiveness on hockey and promotes and sponsors research pertaining to the reduction of hockey injuries.