Who is eligible for this program?
This program is open to all 5-year old registered minor hockey players in Canada with a birth year of 2008.
Why is the program limited to 5 year olds?
Most players registering for organized hockey for the first time in Canada are 5 years of age. Chevrolet wants to ensure that these first time players have a safe and fun introduction to the great sport of hockey.
My child is still too young to participate. Can I sign up to be reminded about the program for next year?
At this time we are only registering children born in 2008 for the Helmet Program. However, there is a lot of valuable safety information on our website that you may find relevant for your young hockey player. Next year we will be providing helmets to children born in 2009, so be sure to visit the website next summer.
My child is currently 5 years old, but born in 2007; is my child eligible?
Unfortunately, since your child was born in 2007, he/she had his/her opportunity last year to take advantage of this program. This year, the program is only open to children registered for minor hockey and who were born in 2008. However, your child is eligible to participate in a Chevrolet Safe & Fun Festival for children ages 5-8. More information on those can be found here.
My 6-year-old child is in need of a new helmet; can I get him/her one?
If your child is registered for minor hockey and was born in 2008 then he or she is eligible! Unfortunately, if your child was not born in 2008, he/she is not eligible for the Helmet Program. You may be interested in attending a Chevrolet Safe and Fun Hockey Festival for children ages 5-8, or learning more about head and spinal safety through our partnership with ThinkFirst and their Concussion Awareness Course.
Is there a cost to participate in the program?
No, there is no cost associated with this program. However, your child must be born in 2008 and registered in minor hockey in Canada to be eligible for the Helmet Program.
What helmet do I receive as part of this program and will it fit my child?
Your child will receive a Chevrolet Bauer 2100 Helmet Combo - Jr. The helmet is adjustable and will fit the majority of 5-year-old children. Instructions are provided inside the box for adjustment procedures. As well, staff at the FGL Sports Ltd. location where you will pick up the helmet can assist with helmet fitting.
How many helmets can I order? Am I limited to just one?
Each eligible child is entitled to receive (1) one helmet. To be eligible your child must have been born in 2008 and be registered to play minor hockey in Canada. Parents must register their child. Coaches, managers or team officials may not register their team. Parents must complete the registration process.
What will I receive in my package from my dealership?
- A voucher to redeem for your helmet at your local FGL Sports Ltd. store (SportChek, Hockey Experts, Intersport or Sports Experts).
- Information and hockey-related items from Chevrolet Safe and Fun Hockey.
- Information and hockey-related items from Hockey Canada.
- Information and hockey-related items from FGL Sports Ltd. and Bauer.
How do I know if my local Minor Hockey Association is a registered member of Hockey Canada?
Hockey Canada has thirteen branches across the nation. If your local minor hockey association is a member of one of these 13 branches, then you are a registered member of Hockey Canada. The 13 Hockey Canada branches can be viewed by clicking here. Alternatively, you can contact your local minor hockey association to confirm.
My child is just learning to skate and is not registered for hockey yet. Can I still get him or her a hockey helmet?
Unfortunately, no. At this time, the program is only open to those children who are registered with a Canadian minor hockey association and who were born in 2008.
I am going to register my child for hockey but not just yet. Can I get him or her a helmet now in preparation?
Unfortunately, no. You must fulfill all of the criteria of the Chevrolet Hockey Helmet Program to be eligible to receive the free Chevrolet hockey helmet.
I can't seem to find my receipt from the Hockey Association. What do I do?
Contact your local association and ask for some form of proof from them that states your child's name, the Hockey Association name and the year for which your child is registered. That will be sufficient proof.
I don't have my child's birth certificate. What do I do?
You can bring your child's passport or other official provincial/federal document that proves his/her date of birth.
I coach a whole team of 5 year olds (2008s) in my community. Can I get helmets for all of them?
Unfortunately, no. You can register your own child but each parent/guardian must register his/her own child to be eligible to receive a Chevrolet hockey helmet.
I have signed up to receive my free helmet. Now what?
Thank you for registering! As soon as you register, you will receive an email with information that lays out the next steps. You will need to print the page, plus the redemption form, and bring it to the Chevrolet dealership listed, along with your child's birth certificate and proof of minor hockey registration. If you did not receive your email, please log into the website to reissue the email.
I have signed up to receive my free helmet, and seemed to have misplaced my registration documentation. What do I do?
Thank you for registering! You can login again and visit your profile page to print the registration documentation. If you need further assistance, please call General Motors Customer Care Centre at 1-800-GM-DRIVE.
What items do I have to bring with me to the dealership in order to receive my Chevrolet Safe & Fun kit/helmet?
You are required to bring all three of the following items to validate your pick up.
- A hard copy of your confirmation e-mail form indicating the matching dealer pick-up location.
- Your child's birth certificate/passport or other provincial/federal documentation that states his/her age.
- Proof of registration with your local minor hockey association.
Why can't I just pick up my helmet directly from the dealership?
The most important part of this program is ensuring that the helmet fits properly. At Chevrolet, we are not experts in helmet fitting. Having your child wear properly fitted equipment is the first step in protecting your child from injury. We think it's important that you visit your local FGL Sports Ltd. retailer to get professional assistance to ensure a proper fit.
Why is Chevrolet doing this?
Chevrolet is every bit as passionate about hockey as you are. Chevrolet has also always been committed to deploying leading safety innovations, and that commitment now includes keeping young players safe while learning the sport of hockey. Hockey is Canada's game, and as a longstanding supporter, Chevrolet is encouraging young players to learn the importance of on-ice safety and sportsmanship, which will ensure they enjoy hockey for many years to come. By providing new and safe equipment, the Chevrolet Canada Hockey Helmet Program will help these young players learn that safe hockey is fun hockey.
I don't own a Chevrolet vehicle. Can I still get a helmet?
Yes, you may receive a Chevrolet hockey helmet even if you own a vehicle from another automotive manufacturer or don't own a vehicle at all, provided you have a child registered in hockey in Canada who was born in 2008.
I live an hour away from my closest Chevrolet dealership. Can you send me the helmet?
Unfortunately, we cannot send helmets without complete registration validation. Once you complete the registration you have until January 6th, 2013 to pick up your package at a Chevrolet dealership.
I have picked up the package from a Chevrolet dealership but can't get to a FGL Sports Ltd. store. Can you send me the helmet?
Unfortunately, we cannot send helmets without complete registration validation. Once you complete the registration you have January 6th, 2013, 2013 to pick up your helmet at a FGL Sports Ltd. store.
I have questions that are not answered in this FAQ. Whom can I speak with?
Call 1-800-GM Drive and speak to one of our Customer Care specialists. If they don't know the answer they will find someone who does.