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Submitted By Rick Dawson on Friday, March 20, 2020
FAQ Update regarding hockey cancellations (March 30th)

We hope you are aware that the 2019-2020 season has been cancelled. BLOMHA and its Board of Directors are working diligently to get answers and keep our participants and volunteers informed.


Here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions and the responses the we have at this moment. 

1. Whose decision was it to cancel the season? The 2019-2020 season was cancelled by Hockey Canada in conversation with all of its Provincial Partners and in consultation with Canadian Public Health Professionals. The decision was unanimous across the Provincial Partners.

2. How did they make the decision to cancel the season? Hockey Canada worked with its Provincial Partners as well as consulted with Sport Canada, Canadian Health Officials, and  the Federal Government and then conducted a vote of all Provincial Partners to make the decision. The vote was unanimous.
 
3. Why was the Season cancelled? The season was cancelled to support the health and well-being of all Hockey Canada Stakeholders as well as the general health benefits of the Canadian people.

4. What exactly has been cancelled? All Hockey activities. Teams are no longer permitted to participate in the following activities and as such all insurance has been removed for these activities. Cancellations include: Practices, games, team parties/socials, tournaments, championships, and dry land training.
  
5. Can we purchase our own ice and still practice? There are no team activities allowed as there is no insurance.
 
6. Tournament Refunds. Teams that have registered in non-championship away tournaments between the start of the cancellation and the end of the season will be required to work with the tournament they registered for to obtain a refund. Should a refund be issued to BLOMHA as opposed to the team we will redirect the funds back to the team in question. Select championships fees that were paid by teams will be returned by the organizers.
   
7. Will the 2019-2020 season or Championships resume? No. Hockey Canada has cancelled all sanctions therefore our players and bench staff are not insured. This includes all levels of Minor Hockey both male and female. They have been very clear they will not be awarding championships this season.

8. Are teams permitted to have team parties and events? No. Hockey Canada has cancelled all sanctions therefore our players and bench staff are not insured.
 
9. Will there be tryouts in the Spring? Tryouts are cancelled, and when they are rescheduled we will post that information at blomha.com

We await further clarification from the OHF and Hockey Canada, on when programming will continue. The website will be updated accordingly. Once the dates of the tryouts are confirmed and if they are not suitable for your participation we will refund the full fee at that time.
                 
10. Will the BLOMHA office hours be affected? Yes. To fall in line with Hockey Canada, Alliance Hockey and other organizations BLOMHA will be closing its public facing office. We will be working and available to retrieve phone messages as well as emails.

We strongly encourage those with questions to contact the BLOMHA office by telephone or through emails. Office number is 905-637-0731. Or you can email [email protected] or [email protected]

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