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Shift to “Red Zone” alters local hockey programs

December 18, 2020   ·   0 Comments

Minor hockey will be taking a step back now that the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit has moved the region back into the red zone.

Minor hockey had been playing games on a limited basis and only between local house league teams, however that will now be suspended.

The Association is hoping to resume playing activity on January 4, 2021.

The Association had no choice but to cancel play after receiving short notice on the transition back to the red stage.

As of Monday, December 14, only ten persons will be allowed in each facility space. This includes players, coaches, trainers, and anyone else who is with the team.

Players will not be allowed to use the changerooms. Instead, players must arrive at the rink dressed and ready to play and wearing appropriate face masks.

Only helmets and skates will be allowed to be put on at the arenas.

The arenas will not allow any spectators during hockey activities. If required, guardians can assist with laces to get a young player suited up, but they must then leave the facility immediately.

No games or scrimmages will be permitted. That means teams are back to a practice situation only.

Minor hockey has only seen house league competition this season. Rep teams were never formed because of the limited ability to travel to other centres to play games.

The move to the red zone has occurred in several other local regions as well.

Next door, in Dufferin County, Shelburne Minor Hockey immediate cancelled all scheduled games while others centres are making decisions on how they will proceed.

Even with the plan to return to hockey operations in January, minor hockey associations are back to a “wait and see” situation over the next month.

By Brian Lockhart
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter


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