Today the Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF) released its Stage 3 Return to Hockey Plan. This coincides with the City of Toronto and Region of Peel entering into the Provincial Governments Stage 3 reopening strategy.
The GTHL continues to develop a return to hockey plan that is expected to be communicated within the next three weeks. The plan will, of course, be based on government and public health restrictions, current and future. It will also take into consideration Hockey Canada and OHF recommendations and requirements, liability issues, additional measures that need to be put in place, and insurance coverage. As Tom Renney, CEO of Hockey Canada has said, “this is not a race to be first, it in fact is a race to be right.”
Until such time as the plan is finalized and the GTHL Board approves a return to activity, there are no minor hockey sanctioned activities (under the jurisdiction or authority of the GTHL) taking place within Markham, Mississauga, Toronto or Vaughan. Some of the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association programs have restarted. We recognize there are other hockey activities that some families are participating in throughout the GTA and understand many operators are working hard at doing so within the public health guidelines and requirements. It is important to note that none of these programs are currently operating under the jurisdiction or authority of the GTHL.
Please continue to watch for information over the coming days and weeks as we move towards finalizing our plan. That information will be release on our web site and social media feeds including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.