FAQ'S FOR THE HOCKEY ALBERTA INSURANCE PROGRAM
1. What is the purpose of the Hockey Alberta Insurance
The Insurance Program must ensure that adequate financial resources are in place to compensate those who are injured or who have suffered a financial loss as the result of their involvement in hockey. It involves good financial management, so that funds are in place to meet claims obligations when they fall due. It also includes establishing control mechanisms so that only genuine claims are reimbursed.
Insurance is one important method of handling claims, but only when it is practical, possible and cost-effective. Ironically, insurance is not available to cover many hockey-related risk exposures, as many times the desired coverage is simply not affordable.
Hockey Canada has constructed a National Insurance Program to provide financial resources to help deal with the cost of risks which confront organized hockey.
Canada and each of the Branches of which Hockey Canada is comprised is specifically named as an insured, and
all sub-associations, leagues and teams which form a part of Hockey Canada. It includes any officer,
director, employee, coach, volunteer worker, instructor, referee, or member of a Committee while acting
within the scope of his or her duties. It includes members of any teams, leagues, Branch teams, division
teams, national teams or international teams provided all are registered with or affiliated with Hockey
2. What type of Coverage do we have and what are the limits?
This information is detailed in the "Safety Requires Teamwork" booklet. This booklet is distributed to the membership each year via zone meetings and development clinics.
Basic coverage includes:
- Comprehensive General Liability
- Accidental Death and Dismemberment
- Major Medical/Dental Coverage
***IMPORTANT: Senior Male, Adult Rec and College/University teams must purchase the Medical/Dental coverage separately; this is not included with your cards. Before submitting a claim, please check with your team to ensure they have purchased the Medical/Dental insurance through Hockey Alberta.***
3. Where are the forms to be
The Hockey Canada injury report must be sent directly to the Hockey Alberta Office within 90 days of the incident. The form will then be forwarded to Hockey Canada by our branch administrator.
4. How long does it take to process the claim?
time required to process the claim will vary due to the type of claim made. This process could take 6-8 weeks
from the date that we receive it in our office as it is based on the volume of claims that Hockey Canada
receives. It is based on a first come, first served basis and certainly the time of year also impacts on the
speed of the process.
5. Why do I have to submit to my own insurance company first when it is a hockey injury?
That is why we pay insurance.The National Insurance Program is designed to be a secondary insurer for our participants. The policy is structured in a way that the participants' insurance pays first and the National Insurance Program pays second.
insurance premium is very well priced considering the number of players and volunteers covered under the
plan. This insurance coverage provides protection up to 20 million dollars for injuries occurred while
playing hockey. For comparison most homeowners' policies do not provide coverage to this extent and would
cost significantly more to obtain this type and amount of coverage.
6. Why can't I get my salary replaced if I can't work because of a hockey injury?
Currently the National Insurance Program does
not have a provision under the policy for Income Replacement. This type of insurance is costly and applies to
a small percentage of players in Hockey Canada/Hockey Alberta.
7. Do I have to wait until my treatment is complete before I send in my report?
imperative that the injury report be filled out completely, immediately following the hockey accident, no
later than 90 days after the accident date. Claims are accepted up to one year from the injury date. Do not
wait to send in your injury report while you wait on treatment, other forms, etc.
8. Who is responsible for filing my injury report?
is no policy that states who is responsible for doing this, but if you have entrusted this with your team,
please follow up with them to make sure they have filed it with us. It is best to keep copies for your
9. The doctor/hospital has charged me a fee for filling out the injury report. Who will pay me back?
approved, Hockey Canada will reimburse this fee 100%, and you do not have to submit this through your Primary
insurer. Please be sure to send us the original receipt.
10. Is there anything that may hold up processing of my claim?
The following will delay processing of your claim and your injury report and/or claim will be returned to you:
An incomplete injury report. Every section on the injury report form must be filled out or it will be returned to be completed and, as result, delay processing.
No indication of Primary Insurance
You have indicated that you have Primary insurance, but you did not submit your claim to that company (see question #5 for further details)
Your report is not legible (faxed injury reports are accepted, but do not always come through clear).
You did not indicate who to "Make Claim Payable to" at the very bottom of the injury report. This tells Hockey Canada who to make the payment out to.
- We must receive original receipts for your claim. If you have to send the originals to your Primary insurer and cannot get them back, please notify our office. Always keep copies for your records!
For more information, contact Allison Marriott; Administrative Assistant, Systems and Administration.