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Parkwoods families,As you may have heard, the GTHL has just announced that based on the letter issued yesterday by Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health asking the provincial government to, among other things, discontinue all indoor sports, they are deferring the start of all GTHL-sanctioned hockey activities until at least January 1st (https://www.gthlcanada.com/article/greater-toronto-hockey-league-announces-postponement-of-sanctioned-activities). As the GTHL is Parkwoods’ governing body, this means that Parkwoods cannot start our season as planned after Thanksgiving and applies to both House League and Select activities, including practices and applies to both on-ice and off-ice activities for all levels of minor hockey.
Your Parkwoods team had been working hard behind the scenes in an attempt to provide our Stars and our community with some form of hockey experience this season, however public health protocols evolved over time. We know our players are anxious to be back on the ice and appreciate this is a disappointment for our families, but support the decision which continues to put the health and safety of our participants first.
We will be in touch shortly regarding registration refunds and other details.
Yours in hockey,
PARKWOODS HOCKEY LEAGUE
October 3, 2020 – The Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL) announced today that all sanctioned activities within its jurisdiction are postponed until at least January 1, 2021 pending further advice from health authorities.
The decision comes as a result of a rapid rise in the infection rate in the Greater Toronto Area and a statement from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Eileen de Villa, calling on the Provincial Government to prohibit indoor sports activities.
The GTHL issued its Game Plan, a staged plan to return to hockey activity, on September 1. The plan was developed to align with Hockey Canada’s Safety Guidelines and the Ontario government’s COVID-19 Return to Sport Guidelines. The Game Plan framework was formulated with the expert advice of medical professionals at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto as well as Toronto Public Health. The framework was to allow GTHL players back on the ice in a safe, fun, and secure environment while minimizing the risk of infection. Players and Teams were set to begin on ice activities on October 7.
Sanctioned activities include all on-ice and off-ice activities for all levels of minor hockey, including house league and competitive hockey in Markham, Mississauga, Toronto and Vaughan.
“There are no easy answers during a pandemic,” said GTHL President Don West. “GTHL organizational volunteers and staff have been working hard at creating the safest possible environment but given the current situation, it is time for us to pause for the safety of the players and their families.”
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) as well as resources for returning to the ice can be found on the GTHL’s Return to Hockey page which is being updated frequently. The Game Plan is subject to change as the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve.
On Wednesday February 12, 2020, The Toronto Marlies Community Festival Program visited Fenside Arena, home of the Parkwood Stars, and brought a unique experience to the Parkwoods Hockey League. The Toronto Marlies along with our Parkwoods Star players participated in a full team practice!
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The Ontario Government has enacted Rowan’s Law (Concussion Safety), 2018, S.O. 2018, c. 1 (“Act”). Ontario Regulation 161/19, the Act requires all sport organizations as defined in the Regulation (“Sports Organization”), which includes the Ontario Hockey Federation (“OHF”), to have a Concussion Code of Conduct. This Concussion Code of Conduct must require participants, as set out in the Act, to review the Ontario Government’s issued Concussion Awareness Resources on an annual basis. A participant is subject to a Concussion Code of Conduct for each Sports Organization a participant registers with.
Applicable age appropriate Concussion Awareness Resources are located at www.ontario.ca/concussions.
All Parkwoods Hockey registered participants registering or volunteering after July 1, 2019 must have completed a review of the information and acknowledgement prior to registration/participation.
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