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Please read the following from NOHA.
The document Letter_to_Associations_-_Game_Play_Pause_-_December_20__2021.pdf was attached to this post.
NOHA document which deals with the new Ontario vaccination policy.
The document Letter_to_Associations_-_2010_Born_Participants_Vaccination_-_December_20__2021.pdf was attached to this post.
Due to the current Covid situation, the Nickel District League is announcing that the League will be formally shut down for all games, that cross-over Health Units, for a period of 4 weeks effective Monday Dec. 20 to Sunday Jan. 16 inclusive.
Only teams residing in the same Health Unit territory are allowed to play League games, should they choose to play during this period and should their local Health Unit allow such play.
The safety of all players, coaches and their families is the mitigating factor for this shut-down, and will complement prevention efforts currently in effect for the Algoma and Sudbury/Manitoulin Public Health Units, as well as supporting a recent decision by the Timmins PHU, to have games with out-of-zone teams, shut down.
Along with games in the Algoma PHU and Sudbury PHU already having been shut down, the following regular season inter-association series are shut down:Jan 2 – Temiskaming Shores at Timmins Jan 8/9 – CCliff at North Bay - Sudbury at Temiskaming - East Nipissing at Sudbury - CCliff at Northshore - Hearst/Kap at Chapleau - NBay at NCity - Temiskaming at NBay Jan 15/16 – CCliff at NBay - Sault at NCity - Porcupine at Northshore - WNipissing at Hearst/Kap - NBay at NCity - Timmins at Sudbury - Temiskaming at NBay
If there are any errors in the above affected match-ups, or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Joe McColeman, President
Nickel District Hockey League
Coach Jason Young might well believe that Sudbury “AAA” hockey would be best served by a singular team at every age group, yet he still finds a way to get results with what he has.
With Young at the helm, the Nickel City U14 AAA Sons posted the best results of the quartet of local teams which attended the Vaughan Kings Classic Tournament last weekend, advancing to the semi-finals before being eliminated.
The host team proved to be their nemesis as Young and company dropped a 5-1 decision to the Vaughan Kings to open round robin play, rebounding with ties against both the Toronto Nationals (3-3) and the Barrie Colts (1-1).
Needing a win to advance, the Nickel City crew edged the Mississauga Reps 4-3 before being blanked 3-0 by Vaughan in the semi-finals. A big part of the Sons’ success has come with the ability of the team to integrate newcomers to “AAA” hockey, including Azilda native Hudson Goulet this year.
“I played “AA” two years ago but I have three friends at my school who told me to tryout, because they are on the team," explained the 13 year-old grade 8 student at E.S.C. Ste Marie. Certainly, the pandemic experience helped ease the way for the young forward who netted a pair of goals on the weekend.
“I was practicing with them last year because coach Jason brought me up,” said Goulet. “He liked how I played, he liked how I created offense; he made me a better player.”
Lining up for the entire tournament with teammates Bryson Villeneuve and Owen Blay at his side, Goulet was thrilled with the efforts of the hard-working trio. “We played really good, I find I play really well with them,” he said.
“Me and Bryson have a lot of chemistry because I played AA with him two years ago, and Owen is always in the right spot and the right time.”
In other divisional play, the Sudbury U12 AAA Nickel Capitals picked up a win and a tie in four outings, whitewashed 2-0 by the Peterborough Jr Petes in their opener, fighting their way to a 6-5 win over the North York Rangers, beaten 5-1 by the Toronto Titans and closing things out with a 3-3 draw with the Markham Waxers.
The Nickel City U12 AAA Sons managed to secure a 2-2 tie with the Ottawa Sting and lost a pair of tight battles to the Kitchener Jr Rangers (4-2) and the Toronto Red Wings (4-3), finishing at 0-3-1 after a 5-0 loss to the powerhouse Vaughan Kings.
Finally, the Nickel City U13 AAA Sons will look to regroup, garnering some valuable experience despite not hitting the win column with games against the Toronto Titans (5-0), Vaughan Kings (4-0), Ottawa Valley Titans (7-2) and Whitby Wildcats (6-1).
From NOHA :
The NOHA has received this morning the correspondence below from the Sudbury District PHU. Based on the below paragraph, they are stating that only practices which have been modified, can proceed. We apologize for the confusion.
There are some sports that may be able to be modified in a way that physical contact is avoided during game play based on the nature of the sport. However, hockey by the nature of the game is not one of those sports as contact cannot be reasonably avoided during game play. It would be exceptionally rare that games could be modified to the extent that they complied with the Letter of Instruction. There is opportunity to continue skill building activities or training which can be modified so that participants do not have personal contact with one another (for example, skating, passing, and scoring drills), these can proceed.
NOHA Executive Director
Note that the NOHA website is now located at www.noha-hockey.ca
Public Health Sudbury & Districts has received a number of inquiries and proposals regarding modified playing rules from several hockey associations following the release of the Letter of Instruction issued on December 9, 2021.
We acknowledge the benefit that team sports has to the health and development of our youth and we look forward to a day when these requirements will no longer be necessary. However, under the Letter of Instruction, all facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities must ensure that team sports or games are only practiced or played at the facility if the sport has been modified to avoid personal contact. Although the modified playing rules developed by leagues may reduce physical contact, they by no means create a playing environment where it is avoided. Close physical contact combined with forceful exertion greatly increases the risk of transmission of COVID-19. This combined with the highly transmissible variants of concern, and our very high local case rates, make the rule to avoid contact during play necessary.
There are some sports that may be able to be modified in a way that physical contact is avoided during game play based on the nature of the sport. However, hockey by the nature of the game is not one of those sports as contact cannot be reasonably avoided during game play. It would be exceptionally rare that games could be modified to the extent that they complied with the Letter of Instruction. There is opportunity to continue skill building activities or training which can be modified so that participants do not have personal contact with one another (for example, skating, passing, and scoring drills), these can proceed. A reminder that any practice or skill building activity must comply with the capacity limit at the facility. In addition, change rooms, washrooms and bathrooms have an occupancy limit based on two metres distance and cohorting to single teams is strongly recommended. Please also be mindful of other required COVID-19 safety measures such as masking for everyone not actively participating in the sport, proof of vaccination requirements, screening and contact tracing.
Jon Groulx C.P.H.I©