Hockey Winnipeg Cancels 2020-21 Hockey Season
A Message from the FGNHA President:
I regret to inform you that the 2020-21 Hockey Winnipeg Regular Season and playoffs have been canceled.
This was a difficult decision made by the Board of Directors and Executive Members of Hockey Winnipeg Associations. Many things contributed to the decision but mainly the current restrictions and lack of available ice should facilities reopen, makes running league play near impossible.
We as an association will review options to provide programming should facilities re-open. At this time, we do not know how that would look but are working to be ready for whenever that day may come. Once we obtain information from our governing bodies, we will forward our plan to you.
Information regarding what refunds may look like and future programming will come at a later date.
Bellow is the correspondence received today from Hockey Winnipeg.
Thank you for your continued patience and support during theses trying and uncertain times. Stay safe and enjoy the family time away from the rink.
HOCKEY WINNIPEG DIRECTIVE – JANUARY 30, 2021 Effective January 30, 2021 the Board of Directors and Executive Members of Hockey Winnipeg have made the difficult decision to cancel the remainder of the 2020/2021 Regular Hockey Season and Playoffs. This directive excludes those teams that participate in provincially run leagues. It has always been the hope of Hockey Winnipeg to return to scheduled league play, however the current restrictions, timelines and ice availability does not make that feasible. This decision is not closing the door on hockey this year, just Hockey Winnipeg regular season and playoff games. This will allow for Area Associations within Hockey Winnipeg to provide local programming for the balance of the season as public health restrictions may allow. Hockey Winnipeg and our Area Associations will be working to provide fair refunds to our members over the next few months. The refunds will be pro-rated based upon the amount of activity that has taken place and what activity can be offered at the local level once restrictions allow. Some fees are not recoverable (such as tryout fees where tryouts have taken place, player insurance, etc.) and those fees will not be refunded. Should refunds be provided, they will be distributed to members by the end date of a typical hockey season which is April 30th, 2021. The Board of Directors and Executive Members of Hockey Winnipeg did not take this decision lightly and it is with heavy hearts and after lengthy discussion that we share this directive. We would like to thank our members for being patient throughout this trying season and we regret the premature end of the 2020/2021 hockey season. We plan to support our Area Associations as much as possible with locally run programming. Chris Hall, President – Hockey Winnipeg Ian McArton, Executive Director – Hockey Winnipeg