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Hockey Seasonal Plan Update

By SGMHA, 09/22/21, 9:15AM MDT


Good Day PAC and SGMHA Families,
We wanted to send you all a message to inform you of the new rules that are being put into effect in not only our facilities in Spruce Grove, but also all of our surrounding neighbours that both our EFHL, NAHL and AEHL teams are scheduled to play in. All arenas and recreation centres, to our knowledge are a part of the Restriction Exempt Program (REP). While all the details are still being ironed out, you need to be aware of the following:
  1. All spectators, parents and family members 12 years of age and older, not taking part in on ice activities will be required to show proof of vaccination, negative rapid test or exemption letter as well as identification for adults before they will be allowed access to the facility.
  2. While there is currently different rules in place in different municipalities, players under the age of 12, do not require proof of vaccination. Players 12 years and older may need to be prepared to show proof of vaccination, negative rapid test or exemption letter depending on what a facility has mandated for entry.
  3. In the city of Spruce Grove run facilities, Grant Fuhr/Stu Barnes, players taking part in on ice activities will not be required to show proof of vaccination, negative rapid test or exemption letter. We are still awaiting clarification on coaches and instructors.
  4. As of this morning, we are not quite sure yet what policy the TLC will adopt.
  5. Although we would like all of our players to stay, we understand that there will be families uncomfortable with the current situation. If at this time you no longer wish to continue on with the season, please email the office with your withdrawal request. Withdrawals received by Saturday Sept 25 will be processed and the refund policy adjusted to allow for a full refund less evaluations costs for divisions that have completed their evaluations or are currently participating in evaluations.  As of Sunday Sept 26, the refund policy would be applied as it is stated on SGMHA website as leagues will be starting next week for most divisions.
At the end of the day we would just like everyone to be aware and prepared that you may have to present your vaccination cards, negative rapid test, or exemption letter and identification. We will constantly update our 2021-2022 Hockey Seasonal Plan - COVID page on both PAC and SGMHA websites, so please monitor closely for the most up to date news.
Finally we would like to add that, although this is not an ideal situation, as well as a very controversial topic, it helps us with one common goal, the ability to let the players play the game. Both PAC and SGMHA would remind everyone that this is about children having the ability to engage in physical activity, social activity, as well as having some fun. Both organization would like to remind all participants, whether you are a player or a fan, that there will be zero tolerance of any abuse of people put in charge to facilitate this process. We thank you for your continued support of both programs, and we are so excited that hockey is back!
Go PAC Saints and SGMHA teams!
Mike Watt
Trevor Dowhaniuk
PAC Chair