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GMHL allowing clubs to begin with “Phase 1” training camp

October 9, 2020   ·   0 Comments

The Greater Metro Junior Hockey League is permitting League Clubs to begin with “Phase 1” training camps beginning on October 1, 2020.

The League includes the Tottenham Express and the New Tecumseth Civics.

A comprehensive operational plan for safe COVID-19 procedures has been provided to all member clubs to begin carrying out Phase 1 training as part of the League’s return-to-play plan.

The plan has been approved by the League and deemed safe in accordance with Canadian Public Health Agency and Public Health Ontario.

The League currently has 20 teams in its Ontario line-up

There are ten teams in the North Division and ten teams in the South Division.

The League also has four teams in a West division that play out of towns in Northern Alberta.

The Civics recently announced that they are inviting junior aged players, 15 – 21 to come and skate with them while they run their fall camp and practices at the New Tecumseth Recreation Centre.

They are charging individual players to come out and skate with them, and skaters must adhere social distancing protocols put in place by both the arena and the team.

The Express have not made any recent announcements about their plan to return to the ice.

The GMHL is planning to announce a season schedule in the near future once they receive approval from Ontario Public Health regarding approval of an appropriate manner in which the sport can be played this season.

There is no estimated start date of when the League may start playing games.

Once games get underway, there may not be any room for fans to attend games depending on the restrictions at the time limited to the number of people allowed to gather indoors.

The GMHL, like every other league in the province, is waiting to see how the season will shape up and whether spectators will be allowed.

By Brian Lockhart


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