All Players, Parents and Team Officials -Rowan’s Law

All Players, Parents and Team Officials -Rowan’s Law

Rowan’s Law

Legislative requirements under the implementation of Rowan’s Law by the Government of Ontario.

In accordance with Rowan’s Law HEO Participants/Coaches/Bench Staff/Volunteers are required to submit a signed Acknowledgement Form confirming that they have reviewed the HEO Code of Conduct and the Concussion Awareness Resources at this website BEFORE that participant can register/participate in the 2019/2020 hockey season.



  1. Please review the Concussion Awareness Resources found below that are appropriate to your age group.
  1. Please fill in the ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FORMand submit it electronically or download the form here and submit in person.



In May 2013, 17-year-old Rowan Stringer died as a result of a head injury she sustained while playing rugby with her high school team. In the week prior to her final game, Rowan had been hit twice, and likely sustained a concussion each time. These concussions were not recognized, and she continued to play. When she was hit again in her last game, she suffered what is known as Second Impact Syndrome – catastrophic swelling of the brain caused by a second injury that occurs before a previous injury has healed. Rowan collapsed on the field and died four days later in hospital.

A coroner’s inquest was convened in 2015 to look into the circumstances of Rowan’s death. The coroner’s jury made 49 recommendations for how the federal government, as well as Ontario’s government ministries, school boards and sports organizations, should improve the manner in which concussions are managed in this province.


KMHA is committed to creating awareness about concussion and enforcing the rules as set out by the legislation, so please note that coaches/participants/coaches/bench staff/volunteers will NOT be allowed on the ice during tryout/sort out/practice/game until a signed acknowledgement form is received by the organization.