CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – In just a few weeks the 2021-22 hockey season will be underway. Players across the province will be on the ice for practices, tryouts, evaluations, games and tournaments. They will be joined by coaches, officials, team staff, and other volunteers whose hard work ensures that opportunities to play hockey exist across Prince Edward Island.
From the onset of the pandemic in March 2020, Hockey PEI established COVID-related Return to Hockey plans for our sport based on the guidance and requirements of the Government of PEI and The Chief Public Health Office. As Hockey PEI prepares for the 2021-22 season, our planning continues to be based on the current direction from those bodies. That also means we will adapt to any new directions that may be provided if circumstances change in PEI.
Our Return to Hockey has been updated ahead of the 2021-22 season.
We ask that members familiarize themselves with Version 21-02:
A few key updates within the plan to make you aware of:
- The Hockey Canada Planning a Safe Return to Hockey (COVID Module) is not a requirement for Team officials this season. It is however available for those who wish to complete it HERE.
- Cohort Limits have changed/increased, pending your facility operational plans have been approved. Please read the plan for more information on this.
- Contact Tracing requirements for all ice-times remain in effect until further notice as per the Government’s indoor gathering guidelines. MHA’s are asked to once again store this information for 30 days.
- Masks will be mandatory to be worn by all attendees of Hockey PEI sanctioned events while inside the facility (see plan).
- Hygiene will always be of utmost importance to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Ensure hands are washed/sanitized regularly, equipment is kept clean, you are not yelling or spitting (on or off the ice) and as always if you are feeling unwell, STAY HOME.
- Interprovincial play and Tournaments are now permitted based on the current government guidelines for off-island travel and sporting events. Members are reminded that permits for both interprovincial travel and Tournament sanctioning must be obtained. Permit applications forms are available in PDF fillable format HERE.
Here are a few friendly reminders in preparation for the upcoming season:
- Player Registration – All member organizations are currently open and seeking players (MHAs, Recreational Hockey organizations, Para Hockey organizations, Accredited Schools, Junior and Senior Teams).
- Coach Certification – Clinics are being scheduled, and registration occurs, through the HCR 3.0 platform.
- Officials Certification – Clinics are being scheduled, and registration occurs, through the HCR 3.0 platform.
- Tournament Sanctioning – Requests for tournament sanctions are now being accepted through the Hockey PEI Office by submitting a Tournament Sanction form.
- Interprovincial Travel – The application process for teams to travel off-island is now open. Members may apply to obtain a Hockey PEI Travel Permit.
Hockey PEI is excited to be gearing up for the 2021-22 season. But we also want to remind everyone of the ongoing need to be safe and vigilant. Throughout the past 19 months, everyone involved with our sport has focused on the health and safety of our participants. This remains paramount.
Hockey PEI recommends the continuation of the hygiene and sanitization processes that became second nature to us last season. Hockey PEI is not mandating vaccinations as a requirement to play hockey. However, the Government of PEI and the Chief Public Health Office have stated the importance of all eligible Islanders getting fully vaccinated as the most effective way in protecting themselves and others.
Finally, we ask everyone to remember that current plans could change at any moment, based on new decisions or requirements implemented by the Government of PEI. As changes occur, and as hockey activities are impacted, Hockey PEI will continue to work with the hockey community and our government partners to adjust and to ensure the safety of our participants is foremost as our sport returns for the 2021-22 season and beyond.
Hockey PEI is ready and working with our Members and stakeholders, and we will provide regular updates and reminders, as we prepare for the 2021-22 season.