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AAHA Joins LaFontaine and Valor Hockey In Promoting Player Safety with 5-Star Helmet

By AAHA, 05/22/23, 3:45PM EDT


Hall of Famer introduces a game-changing top-rated hockey helmet.

NEW YORK, NY, May 22, 2023 – For the first time in six years, a hockey helmet has earned a coveted five-star rating from the experts at Virginia Tech. This helmet will elevate safety and protection among youth skaters and through the pros. And it was all driven by a Hall of Fame hockey player – Pat LaFontaine, in collaboration with one of the premier neurologists and concussion experts in the world – Dr James Kelly.

The Atlantic Amateur Hockey Association (AAHA), an affiliate of USA Hockey, has had a long-standing commitment to creating a positive, safe playing environment. The AAHA features programming from “learn to play”, recreational to high-performance to female-specific and adult teams. This relationship with Valor is a continuation of that commitment to player safety. 

LaFontaine said, “We are excited to support the effort of the AAHA to elevate both the safety and well-being of everyone associated with the organization; like Valor, the AAHA share the belief that hockey should be experienced in a positive, safe environment.” The Valor helmet provides game-changing protection and performance through innovation. The design and technical features of the helmet are focused on the effort to significantly reduce the impact of both linear and, importantly, rotational forces.”

Glenn Hefferan, President of AAHA, said, “Maintaining the health and well-being of our skaters as they pursue the sport they love is a top priority for our coaches and families. The Valor Hockey helmet is a game-changer for youth hockey programs, and we are thrilled to partner with Pat LaFontaine and Valor in its adoption.”


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AAHA is one of USA Hockey’s thirty-four Affiliates charged with governing amateur hockey and features some of the Nation’s premier hockey development organizations in the United States. The AAHA primarily serves its 35,000 registered athletes and families in Delaware, New Jersey, and Eastern Pennsylvania.