In 2018, HEROS identified a gap in hockey programming: the western provinces of Canada had few options for young people with cognitive and physical challenges to play the sport in a safe and welcoming environment. SuperHEROS launched in Calgary, and now has programs in Edmonton, Regina, Winnipeg, and the BC Lower Mainland.

SuperHEROS is open to youth ages 7-17 with cognitive and physical challenges and like all HEROS programs, is completely free. We provide adapted on-ice curriculum focusing on station work from a Learn to Play perspective. We also provide players with opportunities to share the hockey experience with fellow HEROS and youth from other communities. Participants are supported every step of the way by a dedicated team of volunteer mentors who provide support on and off the ice. 

Our SuperHEROS are provided with the same safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment as our Future Stars and All-Stars, and everyone wears the same jerseys – creating a sense of belonging with HEROS teammates across the country.

This has been a very long quest for our community, and I still have to pinch myself that it is actually happening. This is going to be something that is going to change many lives for a long time.”

Al Stewart

Parent of hockey player with autism and SuperHEROS volunteer