Category: 2019-2020 Season

Coronavirus Update #3 – Final Update

The league executive have met on the conditions regarding the current healthcare state of emergency and it may come as no shock that we have decided to cancel the season.

COVID-19 is a serious infectious virus and we want you to stay home with your families and be safe.

We are still sorting out our expenses and as such have decided that the best course of action in terms of reimbursement for games missed is to credit players returning next season.

If you are returning to play next season you will receive a credit towards your first round fees. We are still working through what the credit will be but early indications say $55 per full time player.

Coronavirus Update #2

Today the provincial government has declare a health emergency and has limited access to public venues include all arenas indefintely.

It should come as no shock that our league is also postponed indefinitely.

Our league executive will sort out next steps once we have more information. At this point we have not discussed the point of no return for this season or what we will do in that case.

Keep an eye on social media and this website for further updates.

Coronavirus Updates

We have received updates from both of our arenas. As of right now, and this information may change as things are updating quickly, Feildian Gardens will remain open for private skates but Mile One is closing for all skates.

Our Sunday skates will continue as scheduled and we are working to reschedule our Monday skates. As of this moment it looks as if the Monday skates will be added to the end of the schedule.

Our top priority has been and continues to be player safety. If you attend the games we ask that you take any and all necessary precautions to prevent spreading any germs. Wash your hands for at least twenty seconds, cover your face when coughing and sneezing, and stay home when you do not feel well.

Here is a message from the management staff at Feildian:

As you are aware, countries worldwide are dealing with the outbreak of COVID-19. The Safety of you and your team/group members is our highest priority. According to the latest information from the Department of Health, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be extremely low in Newfoundland.

I’m sure you’ve heard by now, our provincial association (HockeyNL) has suspended all sanctioned events. Just to clarify, most privately ran groups do not fall under this jurisdiction, so until such time that local health care professionals deem it unsafe we will continue to operate business as usual.

Keeping that in mind and safety at the forefront, we are working closely with our cleaning company and have increased our cleaning schedule to include; frequently disinfecting handrails (inside and out), shower attachments, change room hangers & door openers. We also would urge you (the group leader) to share information with your respective members. It would be wise to contact your group members (especially those who have recently travelled) to determine if anyone is feeling unwell or suffering from flu-like symptoms. If so, please insist they not participate until medically cleared.

Please see the attached information for preventative measures and guidelines. Rest assured, we are monitoring this very closely and will continue to update you as new information comes available.

If you have any questions, please call the provincial Healthline at 811 or TTY 1-888-709-3555.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Chris Rooney

2019 Round Fees

This year the executive committee has decided on increasing round fees by a small amount.

The first half of the season will be $250 and will cover games until Christmas. The rate for the second half of the season will be comparable.

The league is a not-for-profit and as such operates as close to break-even as we can. Last year the league did not carry a positive budget. Additionally both arenas, Feildian and Mile One, have increased their rates and we are short a number of full-time skaters this season.

Fees Due in October

This year there was a change in way we pay each arena and we are on the hook in advance of season. Therefore the execute has set a fee deadline of October 28th for full-time players to pay their fees.

Players who have not paid their fees by this deadline need not show up for November skates. They will not be allowed to play.

Please speak to your captain if you require a special exception.

Fee Structure for Spares

There is a new rule for spares in terms of payment this year. Spares are required to pay $60 in advance. This covers four games which you are guaranteed to play. Games will be $15 each after your fourth game.

This rule is related to collected fees as stated above but also to ensure spares are motivated to play when called upon.

Paying Your Fees

You can pay your fees directly to your captain. Payment can be accepted in the form of:

  • Cash
  • e-transfer to your captain
  • Cheques made out to “NAPE Blackhorse Hockey League”