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OOAA Hockey Continued Pause Announcement

OOAA Members,
It is with great sadness that we announce that minor hockey in Okotoks will continue to be put-on pause following the recent announcement from the Alberta Government.  This is very disappointing as we have all done our best to follow protocols set out by AHS.  We want to thank the entire membership for all the efforts made to this point.

 While tremendous amount of work has gone into the planning and the re-start of hockey this season, the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created a position where there is no further option. Alberta Health Services along with the Alberta Government have put the current season on hold until December 18th, 2020.
After review this is what we know until further information is received from Hockey Alberta and Alberta Health Services:

Exemptions - we do not fall into this category as it is set for Pro, World Tournaments and those leagues that can operate within a bubble. The AJHL has currently lost their exemption for now.

One on One - Sports can only go ahead with one-on-one instruction. One instructor and one player on indoor ice. 

Outdoor Maximums - Groups of ten can gather outdoors. Do not try to gather a whole team on an ODR. 

Three week order - starting Nov 27 and then hopefully back on the ice for Dec 19th. Games that weekend may be pushed forward to allow for practices, but it is unclear at this time.

Extended Season – OOAA will be investigating possibilities of extending the season.

Refunds – We have started to look into this and they will be assessed as we understand the length of time this pause will take place. We will have a better understanding near the end of the season. Obviously, no one planned for a shortened season and we will work diligently with Hockey Alberta and all the leagues to extend the current season if possible.

As we continue to wait until players can step back on the ice again. We again thank everyone for their understanding and cooperation in this delicate matter and join all of our members and partner organizations in wishing everyone all the best as we continue to navigate through this pandemic.  

The OOAA &  OMHA  will release further relevant information as it becomes available.  

Dan Laplante

OOAA President

Geoff Stewart

OMHA President


Hockey Alberta Update Jan 21,2021

Subject: Hockey Alberta - Update

Good evening,

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

Red Deer

Thank you everyone for all of your patience through this season.

What a difficult time it has been in Okotoks and we want to highlight the cooperation, patience and kindness our hockey community has shown.  We have really pulled together and tried to stay as positive as we could through this pandemic and it has been wonderful to see and we thank you for the continued support. On behalf of the OOAA Board we want to acknowledge the negative impact on our graduating players in the OOAA.

Effective February 4th, 2021 The Board of OOAA have made the challenging decision to cancel the remainder of the 2020/21 Hockey Season. 

Teams are expected to wrap up activities by February 12, 2021.

The abrupt end to the season is obviously unfortunate. We would like to thank the coaches, players, parents, staff and volunteers helping the association through this difficult time.

Information regarding our refund policy will be distributed to OOAA Managers and Treasurers next week.  Many members have been asking about this and we want to make sure this is done as soon as possible. Team budgets and refunds will be distributed to their respective parent groups taking the refund policy into account on or before February 28, 2021.

We are truly grateful and fortunate to be part of such a progressive association.

Dan Laplante

OOAA President


Please read below the announcement that Hockey Alberta sent out today. The board of OOAA is pleased with the direction taken but as of yet does not fully understand the limits and how our facilities can accommodate these requirements. The OOAA board will be meeting on Tuesday to discuss and review.    

Thank you   



Good morning,

As things continue to change quickly and often unpredictably, I wanted to send a quick update based on the recent announcement from the Government of Alberta. While this is definitely a positive step which will allow for more flexible on ice delivery, it is different than what we has shared on our recent Town Halls. Below are the key elements related to team sports as well as a link to the full announcement.

We are working to adjust our Step 1 – Hockey’s Path Forward document and will have this distributed to our members ASAP. As with any change, I am sure there are plenty of questions, and we appreciate your patience as we work to provide clarity.

School and team sport activities

Children and youth will be allowed to participate in limited school and team sport activities.

· Lessons, practices and conditioning activities are allowed for indoor and outdoor, team-based, minor sports/activities and school athletics.

· Games are not allowed.

· All participants must be 18 years old or younger, except coaches or trainers.

· Maximum of 10 total individuals, including all coaches, trainers, and participants.

· Physical distancing must be maintained between participants at all times:

o 3-metres physical distance for indoor activities

o 2-metres physical distance for outdoor activities

o coaches or trainers may enter physical distancing space for brief interactions with participants (for example, to correct form or technique)

· Participants must be masked at all times, except during the training activity. Coaches/trainers/etc. must remain masked at all times.

· Access to change rooms must be limited, including accelerated arrival and departure, emergencies (for example, first aid) and washroom use.


Senior Manager, Member Development

Congratulations Al-Amin Vira on Hockey Alberta Appointment.

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 !

Vira, Zinger elected to Hockey Alberta Board | Nov 21, 2020

Hockey Alberta Announcement Feb 2,2020

Update Feb 9, 2021


Please read below the announcement that Hockey Alberta sent out today. The board of OOAA is pleased with the direction taken but as of yet does not fully understand the limits and how our facilities can accommodate these requirements. The OOAA board will be meeting on Tuesday to discuss and review.    

Thank you

***return to play information***

Please find below the Return To Play information for the upcoming 2020/21 season.