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Subject: Hockey Alberta - Update
Today Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced that the current Public Health Orders (44-2020, 01-2021 and 42-2020) remain in effect for Province of Alberta.
For Hockey Alberta and sanctioned amateur hockey across the province, unfortunately this means the current pause in activity continues until further notice. No date was provided as to when the current status will be reviewed.
We have been very clear in our support of the expertise provided by Alberta’s health experts and the importance of the health and safety of all Albertans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
But we also share the sentiment that has been expressed to us by hockey parents across the province - that the mental and physical health benefits of participating in hockey are important to their children. We believe that, given the opportunity, Hockey Alberta and our Member organizations can develop and implement a plan to allow our more than 100,000 participants to return safely to the ice to enjoy the final couple of months of the season.
As recently as this afternoon, Hockey Alberta has been working with officials from the Government, Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services. We presented a plan that we believe would allow hockey to return in a safe manner for all participants and we discussed options that could allow a safe return to hockey in some fashion in Alberta. Hockey Alberta will be reaching out to our Members for feedback on the proposed plan.
Please recognize that we still have no confirmation if or when team sports can return, but we are prepared to complete a plan that would allow our participants to hit the ice through to the end of March or April when deemed safe and when approved by AHS.
As always, thank you for your patience. We will keep our Members updated on options under consideration and decisions made. And we ask that you update members of your organization with this information.
Senior Manager, Member Development
The OOAA board is very pleased to announce that Mike Bara has been selected as our new Director of Coaching Development. OOAA recognizes the importance that coaches play in the development of our athletes and is impressed with the vision, expertise and professionalism Mike brings to OOAA.
For over a decade, Mike has been part of Hockey Canada as the Manager of Coaching Development. Mike is a key member of the Development Department which helped Hockey Canada win the Sheila Robertson Award through the Coaching Association of Canada for outstanding contributions to Coach Education by a National Sport Organization.
Mike has dedicated himself to Coaching Development and is currently a Certified Facilitator for all coaching levels with Hockey Canada and is working towards his Master Coach Developer Certification. Along with his experience in Coaching Development, Mike has coached for over 15 years at the U15 AAA, U18 AAA, Junior B and Junior A levels.
Mike has also had the opportunity through Hockey Alberta to work as a Coach Mentor at the Alberta Winter Games and was a Head Coach at both the Alberta Challenge and Alberta Cup.
Mike will bring knowledge, energy and vision to the Director of Coaching Development position and will hit the ground running. Working alongside the OOAA board, Mike will be working with coaches currently in the OOAA while also leading the OOAA through the Coach Selection process for the 2020-2021 season.
Once we are able to be back in rinks you will be able to see Mike at various practices and games, please be sure to say hello.
Mike can be reached at Mbara@okotokshockey.com
Reschedule Date TBD
To our Members
With careful discussion and deliberation, the OOAA board has agreed to postpone the upcoming IGM that was scheduled for December 8th, 2020.
The OOAA board is working hard during this pause in hockey to collaborate and determine the next steps and actions we need to take if hockey is on a longer lockdown or if we actually get a season.
We will be working with OMHA, Hockey Alberta, AHS and the Town of Okotoks in the coming days and weeks to get a plan together for another return to play.
Once we have more knowledge and understanding of the future timeline provided by AHS and Hockey Alberta, we will re-schedule the IGM as soon as possible.
OOAA Executive & Board
Two members were elected to the Hockey Alberta’s Board of Directors at the organization’s 113th Annual General Meeting held virtually on Saturday.
Congratulations to Al-Amin Vira !
Please find below the Return To Play information for the upcoming 2020/21 season.
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Wishing everyone a very safe and Merry Christmas !