Hockey Canada Suspends all Minor Hockey

Many of you may have already heard about the cancellation of all Hockey Canada Sanctioned events effective immediately. See the news release from Hockey Canada below:

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.”

This means our 2019/20 season has come to an abrupt end. Unfortunatly, there can be no more games, practices, tournaments or other Hockey Canada-sanctioned events of any kind until further notice. We are especially sad for both our Midget A and Bantam A teams who both qualified for the BC Provincials. A message to those teams:

And to our Midget A and Bantam A teams, who were looking forward to Provncials in the coming days:  while our Association is very disappointed with this turn of events, in no way does this take away from the incredible seasons you had, and from the amazing players that you are. We know – without a shadow of doubt – that you would have made Peninsula proud at these tournaments, and you’re still champions to all of us.

Todd Pugh
President
Peninsula Minor Hockey

We want to say a heartfelt thank you to all our players, parents, coaches, officials and volunteers. We are thankful for our larger hockey community that understands the need to suspend these activities to ensure the safety of our local communities.