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River East A Hockey

2020-21 East League Year End Report

2020-2021 proved to be a very challenging season for us due to covid, but I would like to begin by thanking our coaches for keeping the kids engaged with online workouts and various activities. We are so lucky to have so many dedicated volunteers that work with our young athletes and help instill a love of hockey.

I know many of our teams were able to have a few skates in the fall before we were locked out. Upon the loosening of restrictions in the spring, many teams took advantage of the chance to reconnect with each other at the ODRís and then finally indoors for a few skates. I would like to thank Nolan Shortridge for putting in countless hours to make this happen as he was instrumental in putting an ice schedule together for our teams to skate and develop once again. In an very unconventional year, I think that everyone made the most of what we were able to do.

As we move forward from the 2020-2021 season, we are hopefully for a regular start in September. There will be several changes implemented for the 2021-2022 season including the combining of the U10 and U11 age categories. There are 5 required changes coming for the 2021-2022 season as per Hockey Winnipeg for all U11 (formerly U10 and U11) and U9 teams, with 5 recommendations that will be discussed further as a board.

5 Requirements:

  1. NO tryouts prior to or during first week of school or during Offseason Phase.
  2. MUST offer minimum 4 practices prior to evaluations.
  3. MUST have minimum 3 formal tryout sessions.
  4. MUST have development sessions after team selection and before the season starts.
  5. Tournament style playoffs Ė NOT elimination rounds

5 Recommendations:

  1. Two seasonal breaks of at least 5 days (aside from Christmas)
  2. Recommended max of 45 games (inc. tryouts, reg. season, tournaments)
  3. Select teams based on skill (no position-specific tryouts)
  4. Fair and equal ice time in all situations
  5. Rotate every player through goalie position

Again, thank you everyone for your continued support over the past year. We will continue to work hard to make the most of whatever the 2021-2022 season affords us. Have a great summer and see you back at the rinks in the fall.

Paul Dryland
REMHA Vice President - A Hockey East League


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