Return to Hockey – March 3, 2022

In League News by TLGHA

Return to Hockey FAQ
  • Please check each arena for their COVID screen protocols before your ice time.
  • The OWHA vaccination requirements for participation can be found here.
  • Player safety is our top priority and we will be communicating what player and families can expect in the weeks to come
Will vaccinations be required for eligible players and coaches for the 2021-22 season?

2009 and older:
Yes. The OWHA requires all Players and Coaches born 2009 or earlier to be fully vaccinated in order to participate in any OWHA-sanctioned programme.

2010 to 2016:
No. At this time, vaccinations are not required for this age group (5 to 11 years). The OWHA is following the province’s guidance. Please note: participants in this age group will still need to do screening at facilities and follow safety protocols and mask mandates.

What should I expect at the rink?

TLGHA will be screening and tracking our members during sanctioned on- and off-ice activities. Various arenas may also have a screening and tracking procedure in place, as well as vaccination policies, which Wildcat participants need to adhere to. We anticipate more information regarding how to submit proof of vaccination and other details to be available in the weeks to come. Masks are required inside the arena, except during on-ice activities. We are expecting locker rooms and benches to be available. These will follow a social-distancing protocol. Spectators will be allowed in some arenas. Capacity limits will be posted at each facility. Masks and social-distancing is required, along with the aforementioned Wildcat screening and tracking. We are currently developing a process for tracking spectators. Until that point, the team safety managers will be responsible for this.

What is the role of the safety manager (TSMs)?

Each house league and competitive team will have a TSM. This person is responsible for ensuring screening and tracking of participants. The TSM will follow the Wildcat protocols, which include escalating COVID-19 issues to our head trainers as well as Toronto Public Health to seek guidance and understand any necessary steps.

Are spectators allowed?

The government has eased capacity restrictions. Please check the various facility websites for any restrictions before traveling to the arena. Spectators will be screened and tracked as they enter the arena. While inside, they must wear a mask and practice social-distancing. Any questions about spectator capacity and/or protocols should be addressed to your respective TSM.

What is the protocol for participants who are sick or have been exposed/identified as a close contact?

In December 2021, the province of Ontario updated its criteria for those eligible to be tested as well as its protocols for isolation periods for symptomatic individuals, household members and close contacts. Please follow these guidelines and contact the Toronto Public Health hotline with any questions:

  1. If you feel unwell, please stay home. Isolate if you have fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath and decreased or lost sense of taste or smell OR if you have two or more of: runny nose/nasal congestion, headache, extreme fatigue, sore throat, muscle aches/joint pain and gastrointestinal symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea, etc). Please notify your coach if you are missing a practice/game so they can plan accordingly.
  2. If you are symptomatic, you may be eligible for a test. If you are, please get tested asap and isolate while you await your result. If you are not eligible to get tested, you must isolate a minimum of 5 days if fully vaccinated or 10 days if unvaccinated or partially vaccinated (players born after 2009). You should also stay home from hockey if a member of your immediate household is isolating regardless of your vaccination status.
  3. Isolation ends after 5 days as long as symptoms have improved for at least 24 hours. If your symptoms are getting worse or if you have any hesitation based on how you are feeling, please stay home from hockey.
  4. If you have the symptoms above, you should notify close contacts who were exposed 48 hours before your symptoms began. A close contact is defined as “anyone you were less than two metres away from for at least 15 minutes, or multiple shorter lengths of time, without a mask”. In hockey, that may include on ice or on bench activity. Masks should be worn at all other times.
  5. If you have been identified as a close contact by someone else and you are fully vaccinated and have no symptoms, you should self-monitor for 10 days after the exposure. If you are not fully vaccinated, you must isolate for 10 days following exposure (even if you remain asymptomatic).

Mark Schrutt
President, TLGHA