Newport rink to enforce new helmet policy

Laura Hines
Published on April 9, 2014

A mandatory helmet policy is beginning next season for everyone, regardless of their age or skill level, at the Newport and District Rink.

The new policy is based on a previous rule that has been in effect now for a few years.

Starting next season there will be a 100 per cent no tolerance policy for all on-ice activities.

Staff at the rink are no exception, as the policy extends to them.

Shane Rogers, the rink manager, said all of the rink employees will be required to wear their helmets, including the Zamboni driver.

“It's all about personal safety.”

Rogers is starting to see a movement throughout the province, and said safety continues to grow.

This year, the rink received recognition from Canadian Tire for voluntarily choosing to take on the mandatory helmet policy for all on-ice activities. The rink received a $3,000 gift certificate from Canadian Tire aiming to create healthier families and communities by preventing injuries.

“I would just like the public to respect the policy.” 

The Hants Exhibition Arena in Windsor already has a helmet policy in place.