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    Deadline for Name Edits / Typo's - Sunday 01/24 to JD Carlson

    Order by Tues Jan 26th to assure by Hockey Day ( Jan 30th ) 

    From JD Carlson: ( 01/22/21 )

    "Just off the phone with Ad Art – shirts will be available for pick up next Thursday evening (after 5pm) at the Albert Lea Hockey Day Pro Lodge (patio) – 1401 Sunset St.  I will be home all day Friday as well.  The shirts will NOT be available at the Arena this year due to my COVID preparedness plan."

    "My phone is available for text msg / call ( 507-318-0425 ) – to coordinate as needed."

    Orders after Jan 26th - Customer Pick Up @ Ad-Art

    Albert Lea Hockey Day - Jan 30th

    Raffle Stub Turn In Dates: (Door A6 - Same Door as Raffle Book Pick Up this Fall)

    Sunday - Jan 17th - 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

    Monday - Jan 18th - 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM

    Thursday - Jan 21st - 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

    Skills Night ( Jan 29th ) - Canceled

    Albert Lea Hockey Day Schedule:

    B Squirt vs. Waseca - 8:00 AM

    C Squirt vs. Austin - 8:30 AM

    A Squirt vs. Owatonna - 10:00 AM

    U12 A Girls vs. Apple Valley / Burnsville - 11:30 AM

    U12 B Girls vs. Mankato - 1:00 PM

    B Peewee vs. Austin - 2:30 PM

    Raffle - 3:00 PM 

    A Peewee vs. Austin - 4:00 PM

    A Bantam vs. Owatonna - 5:30 PM

    Waldorf vs. Univ. of Jamestown ND - 6:00 PM

    B Bantam vs. Owatonna - 7:15 PM

    The Barn Social - Canceled

    Phase 5 Return to Play Rules & Guidelines - Updated Jan 12th

    Phase 5 to Start January 14

     

    Minnesota Hockey today announced its guidance for Phase 5, which will go into effect on Thursday, January 14 when games may resume. Key highlights of Phase 5 include:

    • One spectator per player may be allowed at practices but should still be limited as much as possible. 
    • A maximum of two spectators per player will be allowed for games, with exceptions for parents or guardians who must bring in young children.
    • Locker Rooms approved to be used. Locker Room Protocol: Locker Rooms will be allowed during Phase 5 ( Skates On & Off only w/ exception of Goalies ). Players must comply with marked seating areas within the facility ( chairs / benches outside Locker Rooms when needed  ) and maintain social distancing.
    • Players (masked) should arrive at the rink no more than 10 minutes before the start of on-ice activates. Anyone arriving earlier than 10 minutes before their start time should wait outside of the facility and social distance from others. Goalies will be allowed to enter the arena 15 minutes prior to the start of their scheduled ice time.  Arena Staff and Coaches / Managers / Team Reps will monitor accordingly.
    • Players (masked) should arrive at the arena fully dressed ( Small drawstring bags or small backpacks may be utilized to help carry in smaller items and store personal belongings for example medications, phone, keys, water bottle, etc. ), otherwise carry in balance of equipment & stick ). Hockey Bags are not  allowed during MN Hockey Phase 5 Return to Play for the exception of Goalies ( arrive 1/2 dressed ). Clothed Face Coverings are now required for all on ice activities ( Games & Practices ) per Phase 5.  Minnesota Hockey recently approved the CCM Game On in-helmet facemask (https://ccmhockey.com/en/product/accessories/player/facemasks-and-more/skater-game-mask ) or the Bauer Concept 3 Face Shield & Splash Guard ( https://www.bauer.com/en-US/hockey-helmets/facial-protection/concept-3-splash-guard-655630.html ) as alternative to a cloth face covering . If you opt for the in-helmet mask, it needs to be worn when you enter and leave the building.
    • Three coaches will be allowed on the bench during games
    • No resurfacing during games (between periods).
    • Tournaments may occur.
    • Inter-state travel must be approved by the appropriate District Director and is strongly discouraged, with the exception of border towns.

    The complete Phase 5 Return to Play Rules & Guidelines document is available here. The latest youth sports guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health is available here.

    As the entire state looks forward to resuming games this week, it’s important to stay vigilant in regards to limiting social gatherings that often accompany games and tournaments. We recognize these are among the most cherished parts of the hockey experience, in large part because of the memories made off the ice. However, many of the activities we value so much also involve the greatest risk of COVID-19 transmission and have the potential to negatively impact the rest of the season.

    Minnesota Hockey encourages everyone to be a good teammate, not only for their team, but the entire state by avoiding or at least limiting travel on buses, team dinners or gathering at restaurants, bars or in hotels, ride sharing and similar activities, in addition to following the protocols in Phase 5.

    A special thank you to all of the players, coaches, officials, volunteers and parents making extraordinary sacrifices on and off the ice this season and we wish everyone the best of luck as we drop the puck on games again

     

    Return to Play - Jan 4th

    Jan 4th Update:

    Emergency Executive Order 20-103 (Extending and Modifying Executive Order 20-99) will allow us to return to the ice after 11:59 PM on January 3, 2021.  Here is what we know so far:

    Return to Play Timeline: Phase 4 ( Jan 4-13 ). Phase 5 to be announced next week ( Updated Spectator Guidelines, etc. )  

    • Jan 4 - practices can resume. 
    • January 14 - games & scrimmages can resume.
    • Minnesota Hockey has extended the 2020-21 season through March 28th.  
    • District 9 still plans to hold district tournaments in Mid-March (12-14) and Year End Squirt & U10 Tournaments (TBD). If D9 changes their decision, we will communicate that with everyone. 
    • The practice schedules through January 13 should be posted to your Team Page. Stay tuned for updated schedules as Coaches and Managers work with other teams to make up league games along with finishing league games already scheduled. March 8 is the deadline for teams competing in District Tournaments. Open Tournaments are allowed by our District to date ( League Games take priority ). Note: Some Associations based ice availability are rescheduling some of their Open Tournaments that were canceled during the "pause" to dates in Feb and March. Assurance of league games scheduled would need to be approved prior to re-registering for an open tournament. Stay tuned for more info after Phase 5 is announced.

    ALHA expects all participants to adhere to each of the published rules from the Minnesota Department of Health & Minnesota Hockey, which include:

    • Per the state mandate, cloth face coverings (masks) must be worn properly (covering nose and mouth) by everyone inside an arena at all times. This includes participants during on-ice practice and gameplay.
      • Minnesota Hockey recently approved the CCM Game On in-helmet facemask (https://ccmhockey.com/en/product/accessories/player/facemasks-and-more/skater-game-mask ) or the Bauer Concept 3 Face Shield & Splash Guard ( https://www.bauer.com/en-US/hockey-helmets/facial-protection/concept-3-splash-guard-655630.html ) . If you opt for the in-helmet mask, it needs to be worn when you enter and leave the building.
      • Players aged 5 and under are not required to wear a mask while on the ice.  
      • Asthma: D9 called the MDH yesterday on this.  They advised that if a player has asthma that the family should consult their family doctor to see if a medical exemption is warranted.  The family dr. would be the one that decides.  There are a few different kinds of asthma so just because a person has it, doesn't automatically get them an exemption.  The MDH seemed very reasonable on this.
      • MN Hockey has modified it's Mouth Guard rule for this season only. Mouth guards are now recommended for all players but are only required for players that are Peewee / U12 and above which aligns with USA Hockey Rule 304(f). Mouth guards not required to be tethered to the helmet.
    • No locker rooms will be available.  Players should put skates on in designated areas of the arena that provide for social distancing.
    • Players can enter the building 10 minutes prior to the start of their practice or game.  Players must exit the building within 10 minutes after the conclusion of their event. Coaches / Team Volunteer will monitor accordingly ( leaving it up to the teams to come up with their own plan for these Phase 4 mandates ). 
    • No bags can be brought into the building. Goalies have a bag exception but should come at least partially dressed.
    • Only fully dressed players carrying their skates, helmet, stick(s) and water bottle may enter.  
    • Spectators will not be allowed in arenas for Phase 4, with the exception of Mites/8U players who will be allowed one parent/guardian/support person per player.  Additional detail will be provided by individual rinks, including their check-in process and self-screening requirements.  
    • The entire list can be referenced in the attached document found here: Minnesota Hockey Return To Play Rules & Guidelines - Phase 4 - updated 12/28/2020

    Tournaments: Any tournament already approved by District 9 should be held unless a hosting community cancels their own tournament.  Please work directly with your Team Manager to confirm tournament details, hotels, logistics, etc.  Acknowledging that out-of-town tournaments could look different pending MN Hockey's Phase 5 Guidelines and Gov Walz Executive Orders (hotel pools closed, area restaurants closed to in-person dining, limited spectators, and discouraged gatherings) the ALHA Hockey board supports any team deciding together to not attend a scheduled tournament, however, teams could be responsible for any cancellation fees incurred.

     

    10/21 -Update:

    If a member of a player's household tests positive, that player must stay home for 14 days. Even if the player receives a negative test result, they need to complete 14 days of quarantine before returning to the team. If another member of the household tests positive, the 14-day quarantine resets at the most recent positive test result.

    1. Inform your team and Association COVID-19 Contact (Abby Leach – 507-391-0361 – abby@leachlawalbertlea.comof a player testing positive, someone in their household testing positive or have been exposed to someone confirmed to have COVID-19.

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    Wedgewood Cove Golf Club - 10 % ALHA Promotion is back for the 2020 / 2021 Season !!

    10 % of all Food & Drink Sales from Oct 1st 2020 to Oct 1st 2021 will go back to the Albert Lea Hockey Association. Open to anybody connected with Hockey ( Mites to High School - Payers, Coaches & Board Members ). You need to present your card ( see attachment ) to your server each time to get the credit. Top Sales Card #'s ( 1st, 2nd & 3rd ) will receive a Gift Card to Wedgewood Cove Golf Club. If you didn't get your card at Fall Registration in Sept, Connect w/ Brad Loch ( 507-363-2916 ).