Good morning, Bears.
On the heels of Wednesday’s announcement by Governor Walz, we wanted to provide a quick update to answer what we know. Although the news was certainly not what we hoped for, it does at least provide a first step toward getting our season back up and running.
Currently, we anticipate resuming practices on January 4. In the coming weeks, we’ll be reviewing ice schedules by team to ensure we get as many Bears as possible back on the ice as quickly as possible. As we continue to learn, we will also be assessing the financial impact to the season and making adjustments as appropriate.
We do not have a timetable for the resumption of games/tournaments. We will await word from the Governor and MN Hockey in the coming weeks. We should not expect to continue games before January 18, but that is not set in stone. We have canceled the Moose Goheen tournament at all levels.
We understand the disappointment and frustration with the Governor’s announcement. We had all hoped that the “pause” would not be extended beyond the four weeks that Governor Walz originally communicated. We were optimistic that recent numbers and MN Hockey’s proactive measures would help drive a safe return to hockey on Dec. 19. With that being said, we encourage you to make the best of the situation. Lakes, ponds, and backyard rinks are frozen over. There is skating to be done and pond hockey to be played! Encourage your sons and daughters to get out there and skate! Continue to grow their love for the game over the holiday season. Make sure they return to hockey on Jan. 4 hungry and ready to go!
A few notes on what to expect when we resume the season (we can expect a comprehensive list of Q&A from MN Hockey in the coming weeks)…note these rule changes are only for the 2020-2021 Season and will expire at the conclusion of the 2021 MN Hockey State Tournaments.
Rules are to be enforced by Associations and teams. Teams found violating any of the rules already in place or these rules will result in sanctioning for the team and association and possible loss of post season play.
We will continue to share information as it becomes available.
Happy Holidays, Bears!!
-WBLAHA Executive Board