PO Box 35057
963 Henderson Hwy
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R2K 2M3

January 14th, 2021

In accordance with the extension to January 22nd, 2021 of the Public Heath Orders that have paused Minor Hockey since October 31st, 2020, Hockey Winnipeg would like to update the community and our members with our current position.

At this point in time, Hockey Winnipeg and it’s ten Minor Hockey Associations are committed to providing our members with organized minor hockey programming at such time as the public health orders will permit. Once the public health orders allow group sports to resume and indoor sports facilities to re-open, Hockey Winnipeg will assess the existing restrictions and implement appropriate programming through our Area Associations. Our priority is to engage the youth in our community in safe, fun and beneficial activities. We are not willing to abandon minor hockey programs for our membership this year.

The question has been raised in the community about refunding registration and team fees. It is still the hope of Hockey Winnipeg to put those fees to good use for programming this season. We are not able to issue refunds at this point in time, but the Executive of Hockey Winnipeg is committed to providing fair refunds to our members once we are able to determine exactly what can be done in terms of our program length and content.

Hockey Winnipeg would like to encourage all of our members to continue to practice the fundamentals of safety during this pandemic and we would like to remind everyone to put the safety of your community first over the coming weeks. We will get though this and get back to the sport we love soon.

Ian McArton
Hockey Winnipeg

  Hockey Update - 2021
January 12th, 2021

Happy New Year!

I hope that everyone had a nice holiday and is keeping well. We have had several questions over the last while about the possibility of an upcoming season and refunds if the season doesn’t take place. I would like to provide the following update.

We had a Hockey Winnipeg meeting on January 9th after the Covid restriction extension was announced. While the associations are committed to a possible season, we can not do anything until some of the restrictions are lifted and we are approved to do so. The new restrictions have been extended to January 22nd. We hope to know by the 22nd or shortly after what the possibility of a season will look like.

We have had several inquiries about refunds and our executive is looking at possible scenarios. We must determine which expenses from Hockey Canada, Hockey Manitoba and Hockey Winnipeg will be recoverable if we do not have a season. An example of an expense that would not be recoverable would be the insurance cost applied to every registered player. This cost must be paid whether a player attends one tryout, or plays an entire season. Another expense is paying for the tryouts administered by REMHA. Once other expenses are tabulated and we know if we will be having any kind of a season, we will have a better idea of a possible refund. We ask for patience while these details are worked out.

We will update you within the next two weeks as we learn more about the situation.


Jarred Dolyniuk
REMHA President

December 15th, 2020

Hockey Winnipeg and its member Minor Hockey Associations are committed to providing quality hockey programs in 2021, in a manner that is safe and responsible. Hockey Winnipeg is currently planning a number of different approaches to hockey in 2021 with the goal of implementation under various levels of restrictions that may be in place from the Manitoba Provincial Government. Once hockey receives approval to re-enter return to play and Hockey Winnipeg receives approval from our governing bodies – Hockey Manitoba and Sport Manitoba – we will return to the ice as soon as is reasonably possible. While we do not know what the next few weeks hold, it is our intention to begin this program implementation as soon as possible following the lifting of restrictions.

Hockey Winnipeg would like to remind our members that the health and safety of our entire community is of the greatest importance at this time. By complying with the current restrictions we can all play a part in the return of hockey and many other valuable activities. Over the next few weeks outdoor hockey rinks and frozen lakes will be available for use. We encourage everyone to be physically active but must remind our members that organized team activities on these surfaces are strictly prohibited by public health orders. Any violation of the Public Health Act and specifically Order #12 (or any other relevant orders) will not only result in enforcement from the Province of Manitoba but Hockey Winnipeg may take additional disciplinary action as well.

Hockey Winnipeg would like to wish all of our members a Merry Christmas, a safe holiday season and a Happy New Year. We look forward to dropping the puck in 2021!

Ian McArton
Executive Director, Hockey Winnipeg

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