Second Half of 2020/21 Season

Dear Players & Parents:

We hope that you are enjoying the season so far and are making the most of it, especially during these unusual times. SSMHA is very pleased to be able to offer the ice times and programs and that the general feedback has been very positive.

Some are starting to wonder what the second half of the season will look like, and unfortunately, our best answer is that we do not know yet. We have started discussing various and all options including: a continuation of the programs as is; some tweaking to the current programs such as changing the teams within the bubbles; possible league play; etc. Obviously, all of this depends on the restrictions placed upon us by government agencies, however, we are trying to plan for all possibilities.

It is quite likely that we will not have any definitive answer until we are well into December and we ask for your continued patience as we determine what available options exist and which is best for our players.

Yours in Hockey,

Robert Walker
President, SSMHA

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EOHU Public Health Order

The Public Health Order announced by the EOHU on Friday October 23rd, 2020 will have minimal impact on the current hockey program. The only additional requirement imposed is that as of Monday October 26th, 2020, all visitors to the Long Sault arena must sign in and provide their name, phone number and team they are associated with for contact tracing purposes. Arena staff will be take care of the sign in sheets. This does not replace the health screening requirement for players and coaches.

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Hockey Canada Foundation Financial Assistance Fund

The Hockey Canada Foundation has launched an “Assist Fund” of $1 million to provide registration fee subsidies for qualified Canadians who are registered with Hockey Canada sanctioned associations for the 2020-21 season.

This fund allows Canadians who meet the criteria and need a financial hockey assist to apply for up to $500 in registration fee reimbursements per player, provided the registration is with a HC/HEO sanctioned association.

Please see this memo for more information regarding eligibility criteria and application instructions: https://selectshockey.files.wordpress.com/2020/10/heo-financial-assistance-memo-oct-192020.pdf

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