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Ice Hockey Games Will Be Allowed on Monday, August 17th
Hockey games will be allowed to resume on Monday, August 17th, provided organizers and participants can comply with updated Massachusetts guidance and collect contact tracing information for all participants, officials, and spectators.
Since it is still classified as a higher risk sport, Ice Hockey will only be allowed game play with new sport-specific modifications that meet the overall minimum standards set forth by the Commonwealth.
The updated minimum standards for all moderate and higher risk sports include:
No-check, minimized contact
No more than 25 participants on the ice surface at any time during a game or scrimmage (not including officials).
Practices can continue using up to two cohorts of 25 spaced at least 14’ apart and social distanced within the cohort.
Face coverings for officials and coaches at all times
Face coverings for players on the bench and when taking a face-off
Social distancing on the bench (6’ separation)
Contact tracing information for EVERY person entering the building (including officials and spectators)
Spectators limited to 1 person per participant up to 40% of the building capacity only if social distanced, NO spectators for participants 21 or older
Face coverings for EVERYONE at all times in the building except participants while engaged in aerobic activity
Team room use remains at 50% capacity
Restrooms limited to social distance capacity
No water fountain, only water fill if available
Maintain current sanitation requirements
Separate entrance and exit paths
No use of conference / meeting rooms
Prevent social gatherings throughout the facility and in the parking lot
The updated Organizer Checklist includes guidelines that all sports organizers must follow that reflect the new information released about moderate and higher risk sports and activities today.
Ice hockey leaders are currently developing hockey-specific guidelines which will be released on Monday, August 17th.
Massachusetts Hockey will also be hosting an informational webinar on Monday, August 17th at 6:30pm. We will share the webinar details when they are available and we encourage you to participate.
We appreciate your patience as we implement the new guidance in our arenas to allow hockey games to resume as quickly as possible.
We cannot wait to see you back on the ice!
FMC Ice Sports
How large is the rock you've been under?
Can the ref blow the whistle through a mask?
Can we now play hockey and to all the lib tard fear mongering stats geaks who have been telling everyone since March no hockey until 21 - 22.. suk it!
It’s clear you are an effing idiot.
this is some funny stuff. This is not hockey, you can slap a sticker on a pig that says "cow", but it's still a pig.
these guidelines are impossible to follow and are unrealistic. aside from the mask guidelines, which are nearly impossible to adhere to and enforce. and the contact tracing requirements being impossible to administer.
no puck battles/scrums is the biggest hurdle. explain to me how you play ice hockey without puck battles. they are a fundamental part of the game and cannot be removed. you cannot go 10 seconds in any hockey game without there being some kind of contact or puck battle, the removal of them turns the sport into field hockey on skates. how does the game ever even get started off a faceoff? 50% of faceoffs result in an immediate battle for the puck, which would result in a whistle. all games end 0-0 and never get out of the neutral zone.
games will take 3 hrs to play and will become a waste of time, money, and resources. this will not help with anyone's enjoyment or development.
MA hockey even releasing this, just shows how short sighted and out of touch with reality they all are.
This is what I’m most curious about...guideline say no scrum for puck/ball. Are we in for the longest games ever because whistles are going to blowing every 30 seconds when they are in corners or up against the boards?
When has there ever been a mouth guard requirement. Does that go with the neck guard requirement.
It said cohorts of groups of 10.
Also said 25 total participants on a playing surface , so if two teams both have 15 kids that’s 30 total. Need to cut kids to get to smaller teams.
Hello 4v4 Full ice hockey!
Ha! I had the same conversation today. 5v5 and 2 goalies = 12. I'll send the kids out of the lockeroom like WWE on shift changes if I need to! Let's deal with it like baseball, lax etc. We have a chance, let's not screw it up. Is it perfect, heck no,but let's figure it out and make the best of it.
Coaches, wear you masks and don't f'it up. The kids will adapt, they want to play regardless of the no checking etc. Just ask them. They want to be with their teammates and love that the parents aren't allowed. I coach baseball as well, and this season has been the best so far. Kids have no fear of screwing up because parents aren't there to yell! Let's GO!!
>Is the bench considered the playing surface if not then I’ll set.
Of course you're all set. Your kid will never get a sniff of the playing surface while safely hugging pine on the bench.
A typical bench is about 20-25 feet long. So this allows for at most one unit of 5 on the bench spaced 6' apart.
For youth hockey simply rolling lines this can be done if the 5 man unit coming off ice rotates to the walkway, the walkway unit of 5 goes to the bench and the bench goes to the ice. Sucks but could work.
This will NOT work with older players where line matching is key and individual player ice time is more directed.
This is simply Bakers way of saying fine, you want hockey here you go. Make it work or not.
How it is interpreted and then enforced is a whole other matter.
Put masks on the kids and let them skate. Intermittent contact and faceoffs are allowed with masks on. So puck battles, pinching kids off all work this way. Checking does not.
Isn't it then just no check hockey with face masks? Rinks have to expand benches which could work in 75% of the rinks I go to.
Deal with it or don't play. You make the call for your kids.
"Oh but little Johnny can't play that way." Than make him stay at home. Deal with it you whiner/wiener.
1) Will the Bauer splashguard meet the state requirement for a face covering?
2) Will it actually do anything to prevent the spread of COVID? ( Not that most people on this board care about this latter question)
3) When will it be available, if at all?
Just put all the elite kids in a bubble. We must protect the future of the nhl. 💤💤💤