Every year the champions of Canada's top Junior A leagues compete for the coveted MasterCard Memorial Cup. Insurance brokers in each province in Western Canada are giving away a fabulous trip for two that includes airfare and accommodation, game tickets and spending money.
Improper fitting equipment can expose a young player to potential injuries which is why it is very important to give them the best protection. That starts with the right information. The Insurance Goals Program provides both video and electronic download versions of the information that all players should be aware of.
This 21 chapter video series (including 7 for goaltenders) will guide you through the basic safety information to help avoid injury. This series was produced by the WHL featuring Steve "Hilty" Hildebrand, Assistant General Manager of the Saskatoon Blades. In each video Steve explains and demonstrates how to choose and fit equipment to reduce the chance of injury. "With two kids of my own, I know how important it is to have the right fit for every kid," Hildebrand says. "Many injuries can be prevented with equipment that fits properly. The best-fitting and most comfortable equipment doesn't have to be the most expensive." In these videos, ‘Hilty’ with the help of WHL players and a couple of his own children, will guide you through the step by step process of proper fit.
A companion piece to the videos, the Manual gives families the safety information they need prior to purchasing or upgrading their child’s hockey equipment. The information is available here to download so it can be easily shared with their players throughout the season.
If you can’t see them in person then catch the insurance goals and highlight goals compiled from WHL games across Western Canada. They’re available here throughout the WHL regular season.
Insurance brokers have been involved with minor hockey in Western Canada before there were indoor rinks. Brokers directly sponsor and support thousands of teams with both their financial resources and volunteered time. As well, each provincial broker association plays an important role supporting amateur team events.
IBAM and its member brokers have long been supporters of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) and Manitoba professional and minor hockey in general. Brokers are involved at every level – from coaching their kid's teams to being sponsors of local teams, arenas and annual tournaments – MB brokers are ever present in their communities. Click on Manitoba in the Broker Finder map for more information.
IBAS is proud to support both the WHL and SJHL. We've expanded our partnership with the SJHL to sponsor the Top Defenseman of the Year Trophy, which ties into the concept of 'protection'. Members will have more opportunity to get involved locally in both campaigns this season. Click on Saskatchewan in the Broker Finder map for further details.
IBAA brokers sponsor the Mac's AAA Midget's Tournament and have in the past sponsored the Insurance Goal of the Game through the Alberta Junior Hockey League. Alberta brokers are a proud, visible presence at hockey games—from the local to the national arenas. Learn more about Alberta brokers by clicking on the province in the Broker Finder map.
BC brokers have strongly aligned themselves with hockey over the past decades. From appearing on Stanley Cup Playoffs and gold-medal Olympic Games to members' support of amateur teams at their local rinks, BC brokers have always been there. For more community initiatives click on BC in the Broker Finder map.
For a number of years participating brokers in Western Canada have held an in-store draw for their favourite WHL team jersey. In many cases these are coveted jerseys signed by all the team players. Keep a lookout for the Jersey display at your brokers’ and for an entry to the draw.