April 11th, 2016 - 12:16pm

Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I pay tribute today to Kevin Stubbington, a truly inspirational man from my community who recently passed away at the age of 64.

Mr. Stubbington was instrumental in initiating the safety towards other players, STOP program, an awareness campaign highlighting the dangers of checking from behind in hockey.

The simple idea of the incorporation of a stop sign patch placed on the back of every jersey continues to be an effective plan for players to make the game of hockey safer. The STOP program is now mandatory in many hockey associations across this world.

As a volunteer coach with the Windsor Minor Hockey Association, I know that protecting players’ safety and minimizing serious injuries, especially concussions, is so important. I am proud the member for the Windsor—Tecumseh is continuing this legacy.

Mr. Stubbington was a great inspiration and will continue to be missed by the entire community. He made life safer for countless youths while the sport that Canadians love can be enjoyed and played in safety.