March 12th had Canadians informed that all approved activities with “Hockey Canada” with be terminated effective immediately. Executives were forced into this decision after hundreds of confirmed cases of COVID-19 were seen throughout Canada. Avoiding youth & young adults from possibly contracting this virus, the termination of sanctioned activities was required. Thirteen organizations were informed to cancel all planned venues, with that now being reverted amid a significantly lower number of confirmed infections.
Operating these sanctioned activities will be maintained under a new format. Each respective organization must abide by protocols listed with their regional health authorities. This will assist these individuals in determining the necessary steps to avoid an outbreak of COVID-19. Under these terms & conditions for reopening, Hockey Canada confirmed that the time when each organization resumes would differ.
Regions like Ontario are experiencing hundreds of confirmed infections of the coronavirus every day, with provinces like Manitoba seeing no new cases over the May 5th weekend. These differences in health conditions alternate what’s possible with these sanctioned activities. Contracted played with the Ontario Hockey Federation, Hockey Northwestern Ontario, or Hockey Eastern Ontario will have to abide by social distancing measures. Hockey Manitoba can resume operations under standard means.
The thirteen organizations connected with Hockey Canada include:
- Hockey Northwest Territories
- Hockey Nova Scotia
- Hockey New Brunswick
- Hockey Eastern Ontario
- Hockey Northwestern Ontario
- Ontario Hockey Federation
- Saskatchewan Hockey Association
- British Columbia Hockey Association
- Hockey Manitoba
- Hockey Alberta
- Hockey Quebec
- Hockey PEI
- Hockey Newfoundland & Labrador
Coronavirus NHL Testing
Professional athletes in the National Hockey League are employed under these hockey organizations. This includes Hockey Alberta for the Calgary Flames & Edmonton Oilers, the Ontario Hockey Federation for the Toronto Maple Leaf’s & Ottawa Senators. Additional NHL Teams in Canada include the Montreal Canadians under Hockey Quebec and the Vancouver Canucks for the British Columbia Hockey Association. These organizations, alongside American associations, requested that the National Hockey League provide testing for the coronavirus on a per-match basis. It was announced on May 5th that an agreement was signed that enables this request to be met.