Player Safety & Welfare

2019 Conference Finals

The safety and welfare of Spirit players and all OHL players is of the utmost importance. Below is a list of some of the programs and policies that are offered to ensure this is upheld.

  • Concussion Management Program.
    • Every player undergoes annual baseline testing to assist in monitoring the player for the standard League return to play protocol.
  • CMHA Talk Today Program – Since 2014, the OHL has partnered with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario division, to bring mental health awareness and suicide prevention to all of the league’s players and coaches.
  • Drug Education and Anti-Doping Program provided by the League for a drug free sport.
    • Program is developed and administered by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES).
    • Program includes annual online education program for players and staff.
    • Random testing according to World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) guidelines.
  • Respect in Sport Program (Harassment and Abuse).
  • Diversity Policy.
  • Hazing-Zero Tolerance Policy.
  • Blood Spill Policy.
  • Facial/Head Protection Policy.
  • Dentist Fabricated Mouth Guard Policy.
  • Tobacco Products Policy.
  • Gambling Policy.
  • Pornography Policy.
  • Throat Protection Policy.
  • League and OHL Member Teams partner with Hockey Ministries International.
  • Social Networking Policy.
  • Team doctor and dentist at every OHL game to support the team’s Athletic Trainer, if needed.
  • On site professional emergency care for all players at every game (EMS), as well as a defibrillator on each bench for all games and practices.
Busdeker Fist Pump
Spiri Fans
Skate Work