HOCKEY CANADA STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

CALGARY, Alta: The following is a statement on behalf of Hockey Canada from Tom Renny, chief executive officer and Scott Smith, president, and chief operating officer, on the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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“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”

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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.

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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.”

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For further information, please contact:
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Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Communications Hockey Canada
403-519-5754 emadziya@hockeycanada.ca
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Spencer Sharkey
Coordinator, Communications Hockey Canada
905-906-5327 ssharkey@hockeycanada.ca
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Katie Macleod
Coordinator, Communications Hockey Canada
403-612-2893 kmacleod@hockeycanada.ca
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HOCKEY PEI STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE: Effective Friday, March 13, all Hockey Canada-sanctioned activity for the 2019-20 season is cancelled.

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The Branch Executive Directors and Presidents were advised tonight that as a result of the impact of COVID-19 and its spread across the country and around the world, Hockey Canada’s Board of Directors has voted to cancel all Hockey Canada-sanctioned activity for the duration of the 2019-20 season effective Friday, March 13.

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This decision impacts all of Minor, Junior and Senior hockey, Hockey Canada Accredited Schools and University Hockey – for further clarity, Provincial and Atlantic Championships at every level will not be held. High-Performance activities are also cancelled at this time.

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This decision is unprecedented, but it does not get made lightly – this decision was made in a clear focus for the safety of the members across the country.

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We recognize that there are going to be many questions and a lot of work arising out of this decision; however, we ask for your patience as we work diligently in organizing and resolving those questions. We will continue working with Hockey Canada and medical experts in monitoring the situation and continuing to provide you information where necessary.

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If you have any pressing questions or concerns at this time, please contact our office.

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Regards,

Geoff Kowalski, Executive Director, and Mike Hammill, President

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For further inquires, please contact:

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Tanner Doiron
Coordinator, Media Relations & Communications
tanner@hockeypei.com