Government of Saskatchewan/Ministry of Health Announcement and SHA Provincial Playoffs/Carded Team Programs
To: SHA Membership
From: Kelly McClintock, General Manager
Re: Government of Saskatchewan/Ministry of Health Announcement and SHA Provincial Playoffs abd Carded Team Programs
Dec. 16th, 2020
As per the recently announced Public Health Guidelines released, the protocol that was implemented on November 27th is now extended to January 15th. I want to encourage membership to continue to have your teams’ practice and focus on skill development for the Minor Hockey Players. Let us keep our youth active for their physical and mental well-being in anticipation of being able to play games again in the new year.
Please continue all the pre-event screening, contact tracing activities that have been in place since we have returned to the ice.
The SHA Board of Directors have had to evaluate and make a difficult decision regarding the 2021 SGI Canada Provincial Playoffs and Carded Team Programs. With the uncertainty we are facing with the fight against COVID-19, the decision has been made to cancel the 2021 SGI Canada Provincial Playoffs and Carded Team Programs. Teams who have entered these competitions will be refunded in a timely manner.
The decision was not an easy one however at this point the SHA’s focus is simply to get everyone back to playing games in a League environment to salvage the season. There was no way we could accommodate separate competitions within the environment we are living in. Right now, we are simply fortunate to be able to have Minor Hockey Teams practice when you compare our situation to the two neighboring provinces who are not able to play or practice in any fashion.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office.
About SHA Provincial Playoffs:
The SHA Provincial Playoffs have been a long-standing Saskatchewan hockey tradition and continues to be one of the biggest annual events for the Association.
Each year approximately 250 teams participate in categories ranging from U13 D to Senior A. Starting in January, series begin between teams from nearby areas of the province, and winners advance to play regional winners from other areas. Teams compete in each division further broken down by the size of the communities that teams hail from, and champions are named by the end of March.