Participant Selection Criteria
Each school board task force selects male/female participants (ages 7–13) based on:
• At-risk behaviour
• Economic need
• Athletic ability
• Academic performance
• Self-esteem issues
• Potential to benefit from the program
• A two-hour session, held once per week over a 25-week period during the autumn/winter. This gives
children on/off-ice instruction using educational games to enhance learning and improve
academic performance. Sessions take place in a fun, safe environment where every child is
considered a HERO.
• Professional guest speakers provide monthly educational and motivational talks. (Topics include goal
setting, anger management, effects of crime and violence, drug and alcohol abuse, and benefits
• Structured ice hockey skills lessons.
• Time spent one on one with HEROS mentors.
• In-school tutoring with specialized course instruction.
Demonstrate the four essential HEROS behaviours:
1. Listening – consistent attention
• Professional hockey instruction
• Free ice time and hockey equipment use
• HEROS merchandise
• Fun events throughout the year
• Christmas parties with gifts
• NHL player appearances
• Year-end awards with certificates
• Opportunities to play organized hockey