Meet Our Champions
Safe4Sports has been championed by some legendary names in ice hockey.
Former star European hockey player, coach and general manager, Kerry now focuses all of his efforts into generating awareness of concussions and neurotrauma. Kerry suffered two documented concussions and knows first-hand the effects of post-concussion syndrome. His expertise helps him function as an educational speaker, as he spends countless hours speaking on behalf of preventing concussions.
Ambassador and Skills Development Specialist
Somang Hockey is an international hockey development program based in Lachenaie, Quebec. Players from Japan, Korea, Ireland, Scotland, Barcelona, France, USA and Canada.
Former professional ice hockey player for ice hockey for the Hartford Whalers, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Toronto Maple Leafs, St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals.
Konopka made his NHL debut with Anaheim Mighty Ducks in 2005-06. In 2007 the Ducks traded Konopka to the Columbus Blue, where he lead the league with 265 penalty minutes. Konopka also played for the New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, Minnesota Wild and Buffalo Sabres.
Rosen played amateur hockey during his teens and 20s. A lower leg injury let to an amputation at age 39. Rosen mastered the game of sledge hockey, becoming goalie for Canada’s national team from 2000 until he retired just after the Vancouver Paralympics in 2010, at age 50.
Drafted by Minnesota Wild 2001 Chris Heid looks back on a 11-year professional hockey career in the AHL, DEL and DEL2. After he had to end his career after his fifth concussion in 2013, he is now a trained mental coach by the University of Salzburg in cooperation with the Mental College Bregenz and helps volunteer at EV Regensburg in the Oberliga Süd in training operation.
Keith played 15 seasons in the National Hockey League with the Detroit Red Wings, Hartford Whalers, Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers. He was captain of the Philadelphia Flyers until his fourth documented concussion forced him into retirement. He is not only a co-founder and the key to StopConcussions, he also helped author the book, “CONCUSSED”.
Peter Flache is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward for the Straubing Tigers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. Flache was taken in the OHL Priority Selection by the Guelph Storm in the 6th Round in 1999.
Dave Hanson, a 10 year professional hockey player and an iconic Hanson Brother from the cult-classic movie Slap Shot, has been a supporter of StopConcussions and has participated in helping raise awareness about the program by participating in events in Germany and North America.
Left-winger Pat Graham was a part-time player with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs in the early 80s. The Toronto native played junior B with the St. Michael’s Buzzers before enjoying a fine OHA career with the Toronto Marlboros and Niagara Falls Flyers.
After a lengthy minor hockey career with the AAA Vaughan Kings of the GTHL, Jim moved on to play Tier 2 Jr. A for both the Markham Waxers and the Vaughan Vipers. He completed his playing career with the Queens Golden Gaels and began coaching in 1999. Since then he has had many successful coaching positions from minor hockey to the national level.
Malcolm Sutherland HBPHE, MSc. Kin., is a coach, physical educator, sport pedagogist, and SME in sport development, sport safety and injury prevention. He is current Director of Athlete & Player Safety for StopConcussions and the Shoot For A Cure campaign. As an athlete and player safety expert Malcolm has developed prevention tools and a program to control serious injury in sport. As a Chartered Professional Ice Hockey Coach (Coaches of Canada), Master Coach, Coach Developer (NCCP) and member of Hockey Canada’s Writer’s group, Malcolm has studied and critically evaluated sport structures and coach and player development models and their outcomes. In the sport of ice hockey he has coached for more than 20 years at every age category and level of play including Varsity and Professional.
Ron Ellis played 16 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Toronto Maple Leafs and won a Stanley Cup in ’67. He is also a member of Team Canada ’72 and is on the advisory board of StopConcussions.
Hanson recently retired from a 7 year professional hockey career in the NHL, AHL and Europe. He now works alongside former NHL players and ambassadors of StopConcussions to help make a difference in the lives of all past, present and future hockey players.
Hannan was born in Richmond, British Columbia. A 16 year veteran of the NHL, Hannan announced his retirement on February 24, 2016. Hannan most notably known for his role with the San Jose Sharks; also played with Colorado, Washington, Calgary and Nashville.
Adam Bennett is a former NHL defence man and coach. He was selected in the first round of the in 1989 and was taken 6th overall, by the Chicago Blackhawks. He is a big advocate for safety in sport and has been a tremendous asset as an ambassador for Stopconcussions as he has dealt with his personal concussions and his daughter in sport.