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Commissioner Kevin Abrams Update on Return to Play for 2020-21 season

September 4, 2020

 

Ottawa, ON

At this time the Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL), a member of Hockey Eastern Ontario (PSO), the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL), and Hockey Canada, is providing the following update on our Return To Play (RTP) for the 2020-21 season.

Working closely with the HEO RTP policy and in turn the four regional health units and ten municipalities through our twelve member teams, on July 17, 2020 we announced a regular season target date of October 1, 2020 pending the necessary support and approval of the health authorities in the province of Ontario and the Provincial Sport Organization (PSO) for hockey in our region, HEO.

While significant progress has occurred in our region with respect to COVID-19 cases, there remains more to be done before we can engage in typical hockey in the CCHL.

As a result, our target date is October 1, 2020 for modified play in pre-season which we are submitting to our health units and in turn the Ontario provincial health unit in the form of an approved proposal from our RTP Task Team, our PSO – HEO and the CCHL and its member teams.

We are hopeful for a positive response to our proposal in the coming weeks, and our teams are engaged in September training, skills programs and player evaluation for players both in the U18 age bracket as well as Junior A calibre players.

Upon proposal endorsement by the health authorities for October 1, 2020, we hope to submit a similar proposal for the commencement of the CCHL Regular Season in the ensuing weeks.

In these uniquely challenging times I must thank our member teams, the players and parents participating in the current programs as well as the HEO RTP Task Team, the HEO Board and Staff and the 4 local health units and facilities in the 10 municipalities that are home to the CCHL for their support and patience as we work through these unprecedented times together.

Stay safe and enjoy the long weekend with family and friends.

 

Kevin Abrams

Commissioner

Central Canada Hockey League