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Canadian Permits

CANADA/UNITED STATES Travel Permit for Exhibition Games ($25 Fee)

A permit is required for all exhibition games played in Canada. This permit has a date of issue and date of expiration. (This is NOT valid for League or Tournment Play)

To obtain your permit, click on the registration link below and fill in all the required information. There is a $25 Fee for this permit.

The following information will be needed when applying for your Canada/United States Travel Permit for Exhibition Games.

  1. Proposed game dates 
  2. USA Hockey Team Name
  3. USA Hockey Team Registration Number (Can be found on your certified roster)
  4. Classification (Mite/Squirt/ Pee Wee, Bantam, Midget) Girls (8U/10U/12U/14U/16U AND 19U) Division (B, BB, A, AA, AAA,)
  5. Chief Officer (coach, manager or responsible person for the team)
  6. Address (coach, manager or responsible person for the team)
  7. Telephone (coach, manager or responsible person for the team)
  8. Email address (coach, manager or responsible person for the team)

Note: You can list all your exhibition games of the season when you apply of the $25 fee. If you need to add games at a later date you will need to submit a new application, which will result in an additional fee being due.



Canadian Tournament Application Form (Travel Permit) $25 Fee Required

Any team participating in Canadian Tournaments must complete the Canadian Tournament Application form together with a $25.00 application fee. To complete the form click on Canadian Travel Permit link below.  This must be completed prior to your departure or your USA Hockey insurance will not follow you to Canada and you will be turned away by the Canadian Tournament Director as it will compromise the Canadian teams as well.  When entering tournaments in Canada, we recommend that you ask the Tournament Director if the tournament is a sanctioned tournament.  

You must submit your application at least (1) one week in advance to ensure time for approval prior to the tournament.

When you apply for a Canadian Tournament permit you will need the following:

  1. All the pertinent information for where and when you will be playing in Canada
  2. Your USA Hockey Team Number
  3. The $25 application fee will be collected at the end of the application process.

Things to know when going to Canada or playing a Canadian team

Body Checking 12 & Under and Protective Equipment Agreement Hockey Canada teams playing in the U.S. & USA Hockey teams playing in Canada

Per a standing agreement between USA Hockey and Hockey Canada (HC), the following policy regarding playing rules and protective equipment is in effect.

All USA Hockey sanctioned 12‐&‐Under age classification games that are played in the United States are required to play under the Body Contact Category Playing Rules. This includes all invitational tournaments sanctioned by USA Hockey and non‐league games involving teams from each respective country. All U.S. based games played in this age classification and younger shall also play under the immediate off‐sides rule.


USA Hockey sanctioned games played at the 14‐or‐under age classification and below shall also play under the USA Hockey Icing rule (no icing is allowed by a team that is shorthanded).

In addition, all Canadian players must wear the following Hockey Canada mandatory equipment:

  • Hockey Skates (approved design for hockey)
  • CSA Certified Helmet (All age classifications)
  • CSA Certified Face Mask (with color-coded CSA sticker – per following chart)
  • BNQ Certified Throat Protector (For players in all Female and Youth classifications)

    NOTE: Hockey Canada rules do not mandate the wearing of a mouthpiece at any age classification where a full face mask is required. A mouthpiece is required for any junior player wearing a visor.

Category Description Type CSA Sticker Color
Full‐face protectors Players older than 10 years of age (other than goalkeepers) B1 or 1 White
A Green
Players 10 years of age and younger (other than goalkeepers) B2 or 2 Orange
B Red
Goalkeepers of all ages D1, D2 or D3 Blue
C Purple
Eye Protectors (visors) Players in the major junior age category and older (other than goalkeepers) C or 4 Yellow

If a player on a Canadian team is not wearing the proper equipment, as outlined above, the player shall be sent off the ice and a warning issued to the coach of that team. Any subsequent violation for the same equipment by the same team shall result in a misconduct penalty being assessed to the offending player. In all instances where a Hockey Canada team is not wearing their proper mandated equipment, a game report shall be submitted by the Referee to the Proper Authorities.


USA Hockey registered teams playing games in Canada are authorized to play under the Hockey Canada playing rules provided they have received the proper travel authorization from their USA Hockey Registrar.

In addition, USA Hockey registered players must wear the following USA Hockey mandatory equipment:

  • Hockey Skates of approved design for hockey
  • HECC Approved Helmet (Mandatory for all Youth and Female classifications and those players under the age of 18 in Junior classifications. HECC approved helmets recommended (with or without earpieces) for players in the Junior or Adult classifications. However, non‐HECC approved helmet must be designed for ice hockey.)
  • HECC Approved Face Mask (Required for all Youth and Female classifications and Juniors below age 18. Junior players who have reached age 18 may wear a HECC approved Visor.
  • Non‐Clear Internal Mouthpiece (Required for Youths‐and Girls 12‐&‐Under and older, including Junior Classifications.

NOTE: USA Hockey playing rules do not mandate the wearing of a neck guard at any age classification and USA Hockey registered teams are not required to wear neck laceration protectors while playing in Canada.

Any USA Hockey player/coach committing major infractions while playing in Canada that would normally incur a suspension under USA Hockey rules, or count towards the progressive suspensions rules, shall serve all suspensions according to the USA Hockey Playing Rules. This includes the 5/15 penalty rule and anytime a game misconduct penalty is assessed.



The standard insurance coverage will be considered to be in effect as long as the injured participant was wearing the proper protective equipment as mandated by the organization (Hockey Canada or USA Hockey) with which he/she is registered.

Please note that all other playing rules of the host country are in effect for games played in that country, except when U.S. teams are playing on U.S. soil in Canadian‐based leagues using Hockey Canada rules under league direction, and vice versa.

For additional information on playing rules in each federation, please visit: or