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Open Letter From Hockey Canada

By Ken Breitenbach, 05/15/20, 1:00PM EDT


Open Letter from Hockey Canada

May 14, 2020


First, and most importantly, to the front-line and essential workers who have gone above and
beyond around the clock to keep Canadians safe – a simple thank you is not nearly enough for
what you have done over the last three months.

Second, to our Members, partners, local hockey associations, volunteers and fans across Canada,
thank you for keeping the spirit of hockey alive. Unprecedented times have called for
unprecedented efforts at every level of the game.

As provinces and territories phase in a plan to reopen in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, there
are questions about when hockey will return, and how it will look when it does.

Hockey Canada and its Members are diligently working on a multifaceted return-to-hockey plan
that will happen when, and only when, provincial and territorial governments and health authorities
deem it safe to do so.

This plan includes everything from health and safety regulations to communications, seasonal
structure, customer engagement and national teams.

As the return-to-hockey plan progresses, it will do so at different speeds, and at different times,
across the country, based on direction from health authorities. And the game will look different,
that much we do know. We ask for patience as we continue to work towards ensuring hockey plays
its role in bringing the sports community back.

The health and safety of everyone involved in the game will determine when we return, not our
desire to get back on the ice. When our country is ready, Hockey Canada will be ready. Until then,
continue to follow the guidelines set by your provincial and territorial government to help limit
the spread of COVID-19. Only by working together will we be able to make a difference and safely

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