Message to the Hockey Alberta Community:
At around 6:30 pm (MT) on Thursday, March 12, the Board of Directors of Hockey Canada, our national governing body, made the tough decision to “cancel all Hockey Canada-sanctioned activities, including our national championships, until further notice, effective Friday, March 13, 2020.”
A notification of this decision was placed on the Hockey Alberta website, and circulated to our Members, volunteers, staff, teams and partners.
The cancellation includes all hockey activities for participants registered through Hockey Alberta: games, tournaments, playoffs, tryouts, practices, camps, on-ice and off-ice team activities, programs (such as FirstShift), and Provincial, Regional, and National Championships at the Recreational (Pond Hockey), Minor, Female, Junior, Senior and Sledge levels.
For clarity, the 2019-20 season is cancelled. All sanctioned hockey activities and events in Alberta (and Canada) are cancelled for the remainder of the 2019-20 season. “Until further notice” refers to the fact that the cancellation may extend beyond the conclusion of this season. The Hockey Canada Board of Directors will decide when sanctioned hockey will resume in Canada.
The decision to cancel hockey was based on feedback and input from medical and health experts, provincially and nationally, to determine what steps were necessary to ensure the health and safety of all participants who are the priority.
Hockey Alberta thanks Hockey Canada, its Board of Directors, and our Branch partners across the country for working together to arrive at this very difficult decision.
And we thank the hockey community in Alberta for your support and understanding as we proceed into uncharted waters.
We will update our Members and the hockey community in Alberta as new developments arise.
Rob Litwinski, Len Samletzki,
CEO, Hockey Alberta Chair, Board of Directors