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Submitted By Carrie Reynolds on Friday, September 18, 2020
Welcome Back to Hockey!  

We are excited to get our hockey community back on the ice and we have worked diligently over the past few months with our governing bodies, the Town of Ajax and the Durham Public Health to ensure that this can happen in a safe manner.  

Hockey this season will look different than we have been used to in the past and we will need the support of our members to assist our coaches, volunteers, and players as they make their way back to the ice.  The AMHA has developed an organized in house program that maintains a safe and healthy environment for all of our participants and parents/guardians/spectators.

We are currently in Stage 3b of the Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF) Return to Hockeyand as such will be following the direction of the OHF, OMHA and Hockey Canada as our players/coaches return to the ice. We know the pandemic has taken away lots of the things in minor sports that we are used to seeing and this may be disappointing, however we are hopeful that everyone can embrace and support what we are able to do.


Please click on the link that will take you directly to the Registration Information which sets out in detail everything you will need to know with respect to registration.  Please make sure to read the entire information as some things have changed due to COVID.

There are a limited number of spaces available in each division so we would ask you not to delay in registering. This limited number of spaces is due to limited ice availability and a mandated reduction in team size. In a typical season teams have had between 12-18 players per team depending on age. This season in order to adhere to the restrictions placed upon hockey teams by the Town of Ajax, OMHA and OHF we can only have 10 players per team.

We advise that due to COVID and the limitations and restrictions mandated for this season and given the limited number of participants allowed to play on a team (10), the AMHA will not be accommodating any requests.  We appreciate your understanding in this regard.

Registration will remain open until September 30th


Season Structure

The season will start on October 13
th, 2020 (subject to change) and will run concluding in late March (subject to change). The OHF mandates that all associations must start their season with a two-week practice/development period. In applicable divisions, players will move to games after the two-week period.

Specifics related to game format will be made available in October once players return to the ice.

Player Safety

These are the current guidelines and are subject to change as we move through the various phases of reopening. 

  • One spectator (no siblings) per player will be permitted into the arena.
  • Durham Health Unit permits up to 50 people within each arena. 
  • The Town of Ajax allows a maximum of 25 skaters on the ice at one time.
  • Players, parents, coaches and game officials will be required to complete a health screening check before each ice-time. AMHA volunteers will be required to maintain contact tracing records.
  • We will be looking for a volunteer from each team to act as the COVID Representative/Manager. They will be responsible for facilitating health screening, recording attendance and for disseminating information to players and parents related to COVID-19.
  • At this time, there will be no access to dressing rooms. Players are expected to come to the rink with the majority of their equipment on. The Town of Ajax has provided a socially distance area to put on skates and helmets.
  • Anyone entering the arena will be required to wear a mask at all times indoors. Masks are not required to be worn while on the ice.

More details related to player safety will be communicated as we progress but AMHA encourages all parents and players to read the Hockey Canada Safety Guidelines

Please note, our program must still be approved by the OMHA and Durham Public Health Unit, therefore changes may occur prior to our official start. We remain committed to sharing information with you as it becomes available. Please ensure you visit the website for updates.

It will take a strong collective effort from our volunteers, coaches, players, and parents to ensure a safe and positive return to hockey. We are confident our hockey community will meet this challenge and we look forward to seeing you at the rink soon.


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