Covid Communications

October 15, 2020
RTH Update
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RTH UPDATE: Please be advised that we have made a slight adjustment to our "On-ice Cohort" protocols.

Each team will have its own trainer, which will be included in the maximum of 23 players and team officials allowed on the bench.

For more clarity:


October 13, 2020
Proper Covid Hygiene
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PROPER COVID HYGIENE: Hand sanitizer must be available to members in dressing rooms, on the bench, and in the penalty boxes. If the facility does not provide sanitizer in these areas, it shall be the team's responsibility.

Throughout all Hockey PEI activities, our members must practice proper COVID hygiene. This means when entering the facility and dressing rooms, all members must sanitize their hands.

  • Wash hands often
  • Wash hands & face immediately after games/practices before putting mask back on.


October 13, 2020
Game Rules
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Scrums and Altercations: Physical distancing after the whistle is of the utmost importance. Players are expected to immediately separate and distance themselves in between whistles.

  • There will be zero tolerance for face-washing. This will immediately result in a double-minor for head contact.
  • Officials are being encouraged to utilize their whistles to stop play earlier and prevent unnecessary scrums or altercations.
  • Penalties will be assessed to players causing scrums or altercations or those who are not abiding by whistles or instructions to leave the area.
  • No fighting at any level.


  • No spitting is permitted at any time.
  • If a team is warned multiple times about spitting, officials will assess an Unsportsmanlike Conduct minor penalty Rule 9.2(a).

Body Contact:

  • Regular body contact during game play is allowed where allowed under Hockey Canada and Hockey PEI Rules and Regulations; however, players must physical distance immediately after the completion of a play.
  • Players are encouraged to prevent unnecessary contact or collisions where possible.

Benches: Physical distancing must be maintained where possible. While during game play it may be unavoidable to sit within proximity of one another, there are some measures around benches that need to be taken:

  • No team cheers
  • No team huddling around the benches
  • Officials will be encouraged to start play quickly between period to avoid any congregating around benches
  • All players must have their own water bottles and those bottle are to be clearly identified.


October 13, 2020
Physical Distancing
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PHYSICAL DISTANCING: Despite our return to regular games, physical distancing must be adhered to at all times.

This includes: Fans in the stands, participants, volunteers, etc.


October 13, 2020
No Yelling
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NO YELLING: As much as we love to cheer on our Hockey players, in order to help lower the risk of transmission of COVID-19, we ask that you please refrain from yelling in the facility.

*However, we do encourage clapping as an alternative method of cheering


October 13, 2020
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SPECTATORS: Please see our Guidance re: Spectators and Gatherings and the CPHO's New Normal: Multiple Gatherings - both of which can be found in our RTH Plan.

Spectators will be required to wear masks while attending any Hockey PEI activities.

Hockey PEI fully encourages facilities hosting spectators where safe to do so. Hockey PEI does not have authority over facility operational plans and cannot guarantee that all facilities will allow spectators; however, Minor Hockey Associations have been and will continue to be encouraged to work with facilities in hosting multiple gatherings, so that spectators can attend Hockey PEI activities.


October 13, 2020
Team Liasons
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PARTICIPANT TRACKING: All players, coaches, officials and spectators must be tracked and that information must be stored for 30 days for the purposes of potential contact tracing.

Those participating or attending a Hockey PEI activity are required to pre-screen prior to arriving at the activity; by attending, that participant is acknowledging that they pass the screening requirements. The pre-screening requirements will be frequently communicated to ensure individuals understand when they may not be permitted to attend.

It will be the responsibility of the Team Liaison to ensure all participants associated with their team (parents and spectators included) are tracked appropriately.



October 13, 2020
On-Ice Cohorts
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ON-ICE COHORT: The on-ice cohort is a maximum of 50 individuals.

Games will be restricted to the following number of participants:

  • 1 off-ice official (timekeeper/scorekeeper)
  • 1 trainer (to be provided by the home team
  • 4 on-ice officials (3 where required)
  • 22 maximum participants per team (combination of players and coaches, e.g. 18 players & 4 coaches, 20 players & 2 coaches, etc.)

*If there are exceptional circumstances, Hockey PEI must provide pre-approval.

No handshakes pre or post-game.


October 13, 2020
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MASKS: With the exception of Players & Officials on the ice surface (and coaches during practice), masks must be worn by Hockey PEI members, including:

  • Entering and exiting the facility
  • Spectators
  • In dressing rooms by players (until they are putting helmets on to go onto the ice) and bench staff.
  • Bench staff on the bench
  • On-ice officials in dressing rooms
  • Off-ice officials

*When applying mask in dressing room post-game or practice: first wash/sanitize hands and wash face with a clean cloth before applying.

*Recognizing that there are some instances in which masks cannot be worn, exemptions may be made by the Minor Hockey Associations or Hockey PEI when accompanied by a physician's note.


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Hockey PEI Phase 4 Protocols - October 9, 2020


Hockey PEI: Return To Hockey Plan


October 7, 2020
Return To Play
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Please see the new release to "Return to Play"

Our NRMHA Board is working hard behind the scenes to finalize the details for the upcoming season. We will be sending out an email to all registered players in the next couple weeks to provide you with your child's start date. As more details are shared from Hockey PEI, NRMHA, and our APM Centre, we will be sharing and posting on our website and facebook page.

September 14, 2020
Coaches And Officials
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For the 2020/21 season, Bench Staff (Coaches & Trainers) and On-Ice Officials will be required to complete the online COVID E-Learning Module.

Login to your E-Hockey account and start the course today!

  • This takes approx. 20 mins to complete
  • Provides an overview of the Hockey Canada Safety Guidelines
  • Free of charge to take
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Good afternoon -

The link below provides access to the COVID-19 E-Learning Module created by Hockey Canada - "Planning a Safe Return to Hockey". The Module is about 20 minutes long, will explain the Hockey Canada Safety Guidelines in more detail and is free of charge to take.


  • All volunteers, administrators, etc. are encouraged to take the course as well.
  • Each participant will need to register for the clinic with their e-hockey account.
  • Similarly to criminal record checks and coaching certifications, it is the responsibility of the Member Organization (MHA, Team, etc.) to ensure that this requirement is met.

Please share the below link with all coaches, officials and volunteers within your organizations and ensure that they've taken it prior to taking the ice.

We will also be sharing the clinic on our website and social media.

Any questions, let me know.
Thank you.

Geoff Kowalski, JD, BBA
Executive Director | Hockey PEI
t. 902.368.4334

September 2, 2020
Return To Play Update
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We are all excited that September is here and with it, comes the anticipation of getting back on the ice. We know you all likely have lots of questions, and we will do our best to keep you up to date with the information as we get it.

As you may have seen on the Hockey PEI website, a phased-in approach has been approved by the Chief Public Health Office (CPHO). Phase 2 is set to begin Sept 15th. Each hockey association is required to submit their own Operational Plan to Hockey PEI prior to commencement of any activities. This process is currently underway.
We are also required to work in consultation with our facilities -- the APM and South Shore Arena - and follow any protocols they are required to implement per CPHO guidelines.

These will include, but are not limited to:

  • A maximum number of players/coaches allowed on the ice at one time
  • A maximum number of players per dressing room
  • Protocols around entering/exiting the rink
  • Restrictions on spectators - (Phase 2- is no spectators)
  • As well as the required social distancing and hand washing protocols.

As soon as our and the Facilities' Operational Plans have been finalized/approved, we will post more specific information on our website and FaceBook page.

As with everything Covid-19 related, the situation is constantly evolving and as such, we know the plan will involve continuous change/updates. We ask for your patience as we work through this.

In the interim, registration will open very shortly. We will be having online registration, with payment information/options to be announced soon. All players must register online for the 2020-2021 Season.

All Kidsport and Jumpstart funded players will need to register by emailing Patrick Butler when we open up the registration.

The registration period will be open until Sept 26th, 2020. After Sept 26th,registrations will only be accepted on an exception basis if division numbers allow it and will have a $50 late fee added to their registration for returning players

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