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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • How does a manufacturer initiate and then proceed with the certification process?

    Answer:
    Contact the current HECC Validator. You can find their coordinates on the Certification Committee page.



  • I have an interest in reducing the risk of injury in hockey competition. How do I go about becoming a member of HECC?

    Answer:
    Visit the page Joining HECC and follow the directions.



  • I am interested in reducing the risk of injury in ice hockey and would like to become actively involved with HECC.

    Answer:
    Contact the HECC President through the Executive Committee list and send him some information on your hockey background and an indication of how you might help the HECC organization.



  • How can I tell if a hockey helmet or face protector is certified?

    Answer:
    Any reputable retailer of sports equipment will sell HECC certified helmets and face protectors. Look for the HECC label on the back of the helmet and/or on the face protector. Also, the literature with the packaging will indicate if a product is HECC certified. Examples of the HECC stickers can be found on the home page of this site. Please also check the expiration date on the sticker.



  • Will HECC eventually adopt a standard for other pieces of ice hockey equipment in addition to helmets?

    Answer:
    HECC does not write standards, it merely adopts standards already developed by recognized standard writing organizations such as ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) and CSA (Canadian Standards Association).



  • What leagues require the HECC certification for player and goaltender helmets?

    Answer:
    Any player playing in a USA Hockey sanctioned event or league up to the age of 21 (Mites through Juniors) or any player playing in a high school event played under the Federation of High School playing rules must wear a HECC certified helmet and a HECC certified facemask, or a HECC certified goaltender helmet and facemask while participating in that event or league. Players participating in a NCAA sanctioned event must wear a HECC certified facemask with a hockey helmet or a HECC certified goaltender helmet and facemask. Players participating in other leagues should review the rule book for their particular league to determine whether HECC certified helmets are required.



  • Where can I find out if my helmet is HECC certified?

    Answer:
    The HECC web site (www.HECC.net) contains a section entitled "Current Listings of Certified Products" where all currently HECC certified products are provided. If the helmet does not appear in this section it is not currently HECC certified and cannot be used in sanctioned event or league requiring HECC certified equipment.



  • I have heard lately that some manufacturers have been placing HECC certification stickers on non-certified helmets. Where can I check to make sure that my helmet is HECC certified?

    Answer:
    That has occurred and HECC has taken legal action to correct that occurrence. The HECC web site (www.HECC.net) contains a section entitled "Current Listings of Certified Products" where all currently HECC certified products are provided. If the helmet does not appear in this section it is not currently HECC certified and cannot be used in a sanctioned event or league requiring HECC certified equipment. If you think that the HECC certification sticker on your helmet is counterfeit you should immediately contact HECC through its web site.



  • When does the HECC certification expire for my player helmet?

    Answer:
    The HECC certification sticker affixed to your player helmet provides the date that the HECC certification will end. HECC certification for player helmets has been changed and is now 6-1/2 years. The helmet should be replaced with another HECC certified helmet after the expiration date on the HECC sticker has passed. Damaged helmets should be replaced immediately.



  • My goaltender helmet is affixed with a HECC certification sticker, but it does not say when the certification will expire.

    Answer:
    All goaltender helmets now have a certification date. If your goaltender helmet certification sticker has no expiration date, it has expired.



  • Does HECC certify sticks, neck laceration protectors, hanging neck guards for goaltenders, shin guards, shoulder pads, elbow pads, gloves, or skates?

    Answer:
    At this time HECC does not certify any other hockey equipment other than helmets, facemasks (including visors), and goaltender helmets and facemasks.



  • What does ASTM F1587-99 on the HECC certification sticker affixed to my goaltender helmet mean?

    Answer:
    ASMT F1587-99 is the goaltender helmet standard that HECC's independent validator uses to certify goaltender helmets. 99 indicates the year 1999 that the standard was last revised or reviewed.



  • What does ASTM F1045-07 on the HECC certification sticker affixed to my player helmet mean?

    Answer:
    ASMT F1045-07 is the hockey helmet standard that HECC's independent validator uses to certify player helmets. 07 indicates the year 2007 that the standard was last revised or reviewed.



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