As we work through these uncertain times prompted by COVID-19, please take confidence that Vancouver Minor Hockey will be collaborating with the many associations in the Lower Mainland, Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey, BC Hockey, Health BC, City of Vancouver and our esteemed medical leaders, to plan an upcoming season that prioritizes health and safely, while allowing us to continue our love of the game. With our season start months away, we will also be closely observing how summer youth sports are adapting, and take learnings, where it makes sense, from their new guidelines.
A few private clubs have already opened their facilities under strict guidelines from Fraser Health, which include health self-declarations, coming to the rink dressed, and a maximization of four to five players on the ice at a time. We have the opportunity of learning from their experiences as well.
We are committed to monitoring all developments as it relates to hockey, health, and our upcoming season – and to communicating updates and our progress along the way through our website, social media and emails.
In the meantime, many associations have come together as a collective group working on the betterment of minor hockey with issues that affect all minor hockey players. This group has been meeting weekly since early April to discuss and work on action items that we are all affected by.
Hockey Canada recently sent out an open letter to all minor hockey members and partners committed to having a return to hockey once all medical authorities, local, provincial & federal governments can develop safe guidelines while being committed to the health and wellbeing of all hockey players.