Return to hockey - Jan 2022
It will be up to the teams involved to reschedule any missed games, should they see fit and be able to fit them into their own schedules.
The League is NOT doing the rescheduling of games missed because of Covid.
It’s really the only productive way to handle these games for all the divisions, with over 200 game cancellations.
Some teams won’t want to make up games for their own reasons and tournament plans.
The more organized and effective staffs will do a better job for their teams, should they choose to.
I have indicated to the Associations that their teams plan for the playoff weekends here (Sudbury area) the last weekend of February (A Divisions) and first weekend of March (AA Divisions) and. This will provide certainty for competition that weekend.
Because of the uncertainties this season, teams can continue to try and make up games through March, should they desire to do this, regardless of the (early) playoff tournament, to give themselves competition taking them to TOCs.
The OHF has issued their take on the return to hockey for Jan. 31, so we will move ahead as a League and plan accordingly for a Jan. 31 startup, subject to local Health Units. Associations and teams should check and confirm their home iceslots as scheduled for League play in their rinks. Please check “Gamesheets” and advise, if necessary.
At the current time, the NorthBay PHU has advised the North Bay Association that hockey can resume Jan. 31 there.
The League has not received any information concerning the Algoma PHU.
I have a reply from a Manager at the Sudbury PHU saying that they will confirm through media or other channels, but that there currently does not appear to be any restrictions preventing the return. But let’s await confirmation.
Joe McColeman, President
Nickel District Hockey League