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 No Fee for this permit.
The following information will be needed when applying for your Canada/United States Travel Permit for Exhibition Games.
ALL REQUEST MUST BE SUBMITTED AT LEAST ONE WEEK PRIOR TO YOUR DEPARTURE FOR CANADA.
Any team participating in Canadian Tournaments must complete the Canadian Tournament Application form together with a 10.00 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:
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.
CANADIAN TEAMS PLAYING IN THE UNITED STATES
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:
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|
|Players 10 years of age and younger (other than goalkeepers)||B2 or 2||Orange|
|Goalkeepers of all ages||D1, D2 or D3||Blue|
|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 TEAMS PLAYING IN CANADA
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:
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: