Hockey Canada issued the following statement on Thursday March 12. This affects ALL SPMHA sanctioned hockey events through the end of the season and is effective as of Friday, March 13th.

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CALGARY, Alta. – The following is a statement on behalf of Hockey Canada from Tom Renney, chief executive officer, and Scott Smith, president and chief operating officer, on the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“Without question, this is an unprecedented period of difficulty for the sports world. The health and safety of all participants in sport, including players, coaches, staff, officials, fans, family, volunteers and the general public, is of the utmost importance to Hockey Canada.

After much consultation with the Hockey Canada membership, our chief medical officer and public health officials, the Hockey Canada Board of Directors has made the decision to cancel all Hockey Canada-sanctioned activities, including our national championships, until further notice, effective Friday, March 13, 2020.

We recognize the tremendous effort that has been put forth all year by individuals across the country as they participate in Canada’s game. Although it is difficult to process the hockey season ending abruptly, we feel this is the best course of action in order to do our part in keeping our country safe.”

While we understand that this decision may be disappointing to our membership, it was ultimately decided that the many uncontrollable factors pose too much of a risk to the health and safety of our membership and our partner associations.

Further details will be released as new information becomes available.

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In accordance with Hockey Canada’s directive, SPMHA will be cancelling all events (games, practices, tournaments, exhibition games, development sessions) for the remainder of the season.  ALL previously sanctioned events have now been cancelled, and SPMHA will not be sanctioning any more events until Hockey Canada provides that directive.

For more information, visit one of the links below. Or contact the SPMHA office.

Hockey Canada Updates

Hockey Alberta Updates

Alberta Government COVID-19 Coronavirus Info for Albertans

Strathcona County Updates

Stay healthy,

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