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HOCKEY CANADA STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
Please find below a very important message from Hockey Nova Scotia President Arnie Farrell.
Good evening everyone,
We want to inform you all that effective Friday, March 13, 2020, the Hockey Canada Board of Directors has made the decision to cancel all Hockey Canada-sanctioned activities, including our national championships, until further notice.
This decision means that all Hockey Nova Scotia-sanctioned events have been cancelled until further notice. This include all events, provincials, and tournaments that are already underway.
This is a decision that Hockey Nova Scotia fully supports. The safety of our membership is our top priority.
We will provide more information to you as soon as we have it.
Please find below the official statement from Hockey Canada on the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Hockey Nova Scotia
CALGARY, Alta. – The following is a statement on behalf of Hockey Canada from Tom Renney, chief executive officer, and Scott Smith, president and chief operating officer, on the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“Without question, this is an unprecedented period of difficulty for the sports world. The health and safety of all participants in sport, including players, coaches, staff, officials, fans, family, volunteers and the general public, is of the utmost importance to Hockey Canada.
After much consultation with the Hockey Canada membership, our chief medical officer and public health officials, the Hockey Canada Board of Directors has made the decision to cancel all Hockey Canada-sanctioned activities, including our national championships, until further notice, effective Friday, March 13, 2020.
We recognize the tremendous effort that has been put forth all year by individuals across the country as they participate in Canada’s game. Although it is difficult to process the hockey season ending abruptly, we feel this is the best course of action in order to do our part in keeping our country safe.”
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
Q. Is the hockey season cancelled?
A. Yes, the 2019-20 season has been cancelled. It will not resume. This cancellation includes ALL Hockey Canada-sanctioned events.
Q. What are Hockey Canada-sanctioned events?
A. All hockey events that fall under the governance of Hockey Canada and Hockey Nova Scotia. This includes ALL practices, games, tournaments, camps, provincial championships, Hockey Nova Scotia Day of Champions games, try-outs, team identification (ID) camps, off-ice team activities, and team activities.
Q. Does this include upcoming spring identification (ID) camps?
A. Yes, this includes all ID camps.
Q. Does the cancellation of the season mean our team cannot practice?
A. Yes. All practices are cancelled. All Hockey Canada-sanctioned events have been cancelled for the 2019-20 season.
Q. Does this include the Hockey Nova Scotia High Performance Program (HPP) spring camp?
A. Yes. The HPP spring camp has been cancelled. Hockey Nova Scotia will be contacting all of those players who signed up for the spring camp on Friday, March 13 to provide more information.
Q. Does this include private hockey programs, private spring hockey programs, and other non-sanction hockey leagues?
A. Private spring hockey programs and other non-sanctioned leagues operate outside of Hockey Nova Scotia’s bylaws and regulations. If they continue to operate, they would be doing so of their own accord.
Q. Did Hockey Nova Scotia make this decision?
A. The Hockey Canada Board of Directors made the decision based on the health and well-being of its membership and community at large, including players, coaches, staff, officials, fans, family, volunteers, and the general public. The Hockey Nova Scotia Board of Directors fully supports this decision.
Q. Will 2020 Atlantic championship hosts be given right-of-first-refusal to host the events again next season?
A. Yes, all associations that were hosting 2020 Atlantic championships will be given right-of-first-refusal to host in 2021.
Q. Will 2020 provincial championship hosts be given right-of-first-refusal to host the events next season?
A. Yes, all associations that were hosting 2020 provincial championship tournaments will be given right-of-first-refusal to host in 2021.
Q. Will teams who advanced and qualified for the 2020 Hockey Nova Scotia Day of Champions be awarded the conference championship banner?
Yes, all conference winners will receive championship banners.
Q. When will hockey resume again?
A. Currently, there is no timeline for resuming Hockey Canada-sanctioned activities and events. We will notify our membership as soon as we learn more from Hockey Canada.
Communications & Special Events Director Hockey Nova Scotia