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FAQ RE: Cancellation of 2019-20 Season and Spring Tryouts
Submitted By Rob Symons on Wednesday, April 1, 2020
The following are answers to Frequently Asked Questions compiled by ALLIANCE Hockey to assist our members with understanding the cancellation of our 2019-20 season due to COVID-19.

How was this decision made?
Since the outbreak began, ALLIANCE Hockey has been in consultation with Hockey Canada and the OHF. Hockey Canada has been working closely with their chief medical officer as well as the provincial health organizations. Hockey Canada closely monitored the situation and the steps other organizations were taking. The Hockey Canada Board of Directors made the decision based on the health and well-being of its membership and community at large, including players, coaches, staff, officials, fans, family, volunteers and the general public.

How does this affect Spring Try-outs? 
The health and safety of all participants in the sport is of the utmost importance to the OHF and its member partners. As such, tryouts for the 2020-21 season will not be conducted this Spring.  Instead the OHF will provide guidance on when the introduction of the 2020-21 season will begin, subject to the Hockey Canada Board of Directors’ future decision when to reinstate all Hockey Canada-sanctioned activities.  Such introduction will take into consideration ice availability, capacity and other logistics involved in organizing hockey programs.

If there is a change, will you re-start the 2019-20 season?
Unfortunately, the 2019-20 season is cancelled.

What are “Hockey Canada sanctioned activities”?
Hockey Canada/Member-sanctioned activities include all games, playoffs, try-outs, practices, camps, team activities (on and off ice), programs and Provincial, Regional, and National Championships.

Does the cancellation of the season also mean our team can’t practice?
All practices are cancelled.

How does this affect the First Shift and other grassroots programming?
The decision to cancel the remainder of the hockey season includes all grassroots programming.

What does “until further notice” mean?
The 2019-20 season is cancelled. The cancellation may extend beyond 2019-20. The Hockey Canada Board will decide when sanctioned hockey will resume in Canada.

Does the Hockey Canada decision impact all hockey participants in Canada?
It impacts all participants who are registered through Hockey Canada and the Member Branch.

Will Championships be re-scheduled?
All Hockey Canada, OHF and ALLIANCE Hockey Championships are cancelled and will not be re-scheduled.

What does this mean for Spring and Summer programs?
All Hockey Canada sanctioned Spring and Summer programming is postponed until further notice.

What does this mean for MHA Year-End Banquets?
All Hockey Canada sanctioned activity is cancelled. MHA’s may choose to postpone banquets at their discretion until Hockey Canada sanctioned activity resumes.

What does this mean for Participant refunds?
It will be at the discretion of individual Member Associations as to whether they issue any type of refund(s).

What does this mean for ALLIANCE Hockey Championship/Event refunds?
Refunds from the ALLIANCE Hockey Championships which include House League, House League Select, MD, Minor Atom AAA, Minor Atom AA / A, IP Festival, and Minor Novice MD will be issued as quickly as possible. Member Associations have been informed that in some cases, specifically pertaining to the larger Member Associations, that refunds will be provided directly to the Member Association who will then distribute the appropriate refunds to their teams. For the Minor Atom AAA and Minor Atom AA / A Championships, the ALLIANCE Hockey Office will issue full refunds directly to the team contact who registered. For the other Championships, the respective Hosts will issue the refunds. Please note, it will take some time for administrators to process these refunds and your patience is appreciated. Championships will not be re-scheduled.

Are the U15 OHF Camps and the U16 OHL Gold Cup still scheduled?
More information will be provided as soon as it is available.
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