We’ve finally hit the days on the calendar we’ve had circled for months - hockey is back! We’re excited as ever to come back to the rink and get back to the game we love. While we are still taking precautions off the ice such as masking as physical distancing in the dressing room, on the ice we are returning to traditional five on five gameplay. It’s been a busy summer planning for this moment and the first episode of this season on Breakaway, the minor hockey podcast catches up with OMHA Executive Director and co-host Ian Taylor.
Significant changes entering this season include more players on the ice and bench area as well as larger capacity limits for spectators. Many Associations at this time are preparing for tryouts when they typically took place in the spring instead of fall.
“Everyone is going to be playing meaningful hockey until March 1. Teams aren’t going to be eliminated in February,” said Taylor. “A big pet peeve of mine was living in Canada and there’s still snow on the ground and you’re not playing hockey… That’s a massive change for us for this year, extending the season and using the mantra of ‘more playing for longer’.”