Although we have become adjusted to the moderate temperatures in our region, we have been reminded of the typical Winter cold. Just a friendly reminder to all our teams that the placement of the "OPEN" APM Facility sign was put in place to have spectators remain in their vehicles until advised of entry to the building. It's important that our spectators refrain from gathering or lining up outside to enter until authorized. Please advise that they're to await in their vehicles. This will also eliminate people blocking the walkway for other APM Members entering or leaving the building for the gym/fitness centre.
With the colder weather, please remind and communicate to all your spectators- (Home and Away Teams) to remain in their vehicles and not wait or gather outside the doors. Team "Covid" Members will notify the spectators by the sign- "OPEN" is for Home team spectators and Flashing- "OPEN" is for the Away team spectators.
We want to do our part during this challenging year. Thank you to all our volunteers.....and again, it's great that we can enjoy the sport when so many other provinces are under restrictions.
Please see the new release from Hockey PEI in regards to today's announcement from the CPHO Office.
This will go into affect on Saturday, January 23rd at 8:00AM.
Thanks to Donna and the APM Centre staff for all they do in helping keep our facility organized and safe for our kids to play the winter sport they enjoy.
And a Big Thank You to all our NRMHA volunteers on and off the ice this Season. Thank you so much for everyone's time and efforts in what has been a challenging year for all... Your help and dedication has not gone unnoticed.
Should anyone have any questions or concerns, please let me know.
On November 6th of 2020, Hockey PEI suspended all Team Photo Activity until further notice. As stated to Minor Hockey Associations following the release of the memorandum, the ban was put in place temporarily and was to be reviewed by the Hockey PEI Board of Directors in the new year (2021) as the COVID-19 situation evolved.
Effective today, Friday, January 15th, 2021, Hockey PEI is lifting the ban on Team Photo Activity, allowing those who wish to proceed with the taking of team-related photos...
Today the Government of PEI announced further COVID-19 Post Circuit Breaker easement to restrictions. The following memorandum should add clarity around the status of cohorts in facilities as it aligns with our Return to Hockey Plans:
The North River Minor Hockey Association board of directors has reviewed the decision not to allow spectators into the rink and came to a conclusion: the board has decided that if teams want to utilize the spots left after both teams (players, bench staff, managers, trainers, and timekeepers) are accounted for, they may do so, with the responsibility being placed on each team.
This may leave some teams with three spots, or it may leave some with ten spots. It is the responsibility of each team to determine how they use these remaining spots. The rules and procedures will be the same as they have been since the start of this season. Spectators are to enter the rink after all players are on the ice and go directly to the stands after they have signed in.
Volunteers are required to perform contact tracing for anyone entering the arena as they have been all season. These contact tracing sheets should be sent to your NRMHA Coordinator and Crystal Cameron after each game and practice. We understand that this may create more work for our volunteers; however, it is to ensure we keep the safety and health of all players, coaches, and fans as a top priority. There is no room for error during these times.
Please note that the U7 and U9 divisions will be unchanged as they will utilize their remaining spots for volunteers to assist with ice times.
All NRMHA teams should keep in mind that, although we are doing this at both the APM and Crapaud rinks, most other rinks will not be allowing any spectators. We remind you to be respectful of these decisions and volunteers as we all maneuver through the new normal surrounding minor hockey.
The NRMHA Board of Directors
Please see attached memo from Hockey PEI regarding today's announcement by the Chief Public Health Office. This memo includes direction on the new limitations of cohorts in a facility during the Covid-19 Post Circuit Breaker Holiday Measures in effect from December 18th - January 11th, 2021.
In addition to these new measures, HPEI would also like to clarify that all leagues, starting tomorrow, will jump immediately back into our league schedules. All games that were missed between December 7-17th will be made up at a later date. Please work directly with your league coordinator for any rescheduled games.
No doubt the last number of weeks have been hard without hockey, let's use this as a reminder to follow all CPHO guidelines to allow us to finish our seasons on PEI.
As announced by the Government of PEI yesterday, Prince Edward Island is moving to COVID-19 alert level: Caution and Restricted effective December 7th at 8:00 AM...
Please see attached the joint statement from Hockey PEI and Ringette PEI regarding transportation to and from arenas.
Should you have any questions, please contact email@example.com
We have created a Frequently Asked Question | COVID-19 Edition sheet that should help assist you, especially the communications officers when it comes to answering inquires related to Hockey and the current COVID-19 guidelines in place.
Similar to our Arena Guide, the FAQ sheet will be updated frequently as information requires updates. It will be available to you and our members under the "Return to Hockey" tab on our website at the top of that page. Please ensure you check there first to get the most up to date information.
Following today's updated Public Health restrictions, Hockey PEI would like to outline an important recommendation given by the Chief Public Health Office of PEI...
All arenas across PEI have opened for the 2020-21 season with a number of new protocols in order to meet the Chief Public Health Office...
It has come to HPEI's Board of Directors' attention that some members are not following HPEI's Return to Play Guidelines and Protocols. This memo is a reminder...
The North River Minor Hockey Association and its board of directors have worked tirelessly to provide a safe and secure environment for the 2020-21 hockey season.
Our players' health and well-being is our number one priority, which means we must work diligently to continue following protocols set in place by both the Chief Public Health Office and Hockey PEI. There is no perfect solution to a successful season during a pandemic, but by following guidelines provided by professionals, we will continue to play the game we all love.
With that being said, there have been several complaints in regards to disrespectful misconduct towards the COVID-19 operational plans set by our association and the rink our kids play in. These are strict procedures set in place by our board, our governing body Hockey PEI, as well as the APM Centre management.
There are no exceptions with these guidelines. Should a player, parent, guardian, or coach not follow the procedures set out in our operational plans, they will kindly be asked to leave the facility immediately without warning. That being said, there is a zero tolerance policy on disrespectful conduct towards volunteers and rink staff.
Procedures that must be followed include:
Failure to comply with these guidelines will result in immediate ejection from the arena. We understand that the pandemic has caused various anxieties and stress on everyone, but in order to continue our season in the safest manner possible, all rules set in place must be closely followed.
Yours in minor hockey,
The NRMHA Board of Directors
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.
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.
Physical distancing after the whistle is of the utmost importance. Players are expected to immediately separate and distance themselves in between whistles.
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:
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.
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
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.
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.
STAY AT HOME IF YOU DO NOT FEEL WELL OR HAVE BEEN ADVISED TO SELF-ISOLATE BY PUBLIC HEALTH.
ON-ICE COHORT: The on-ice cohort is a maximum of 50 individuals.
Games will be restricted to the following number of participants:
*If there are exceptional circumstances, Hockey PEI must provide pre-approval.
No handshakes pre or post-game.
MASKS: With the exception of Players & Officials on the ice surface (and coaches during practice), masks must be worn by Hockey PEI members, including:
*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.
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!
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.
AS PER THE HOCKEY PEI RETURN TO HOCKEY PLAN: ALL BENCH STAFF AND ON-ICE OFFICIALS ACROSS ALL AGE DIVISIONS ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE THIS MODULE BEFORE TAKING THE ICE.
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.https://ehockey.hockeycanada.ca/ehockey/ClinicDetail.aspx?cid=131191
We will also be sharing the clinic on our website and social media.
Any questions, let me know.
Geoff Kowalski, JD, BBA
Executive Director | Hockey PEI