The Alberta Health Authority announced a list of new restrictions for the province today. Even though vaccines are just around the corner, today’s reality is rising hospitalizations and cases. Unfortunately, these restrictions also include team sports, and hockey specifically.

This is a regrettable situation, and we understand how you feel, but we all need to do our part in flattening the curve and stopping the spike, so that we can resume playing the game we all love as soon as possible. The announcement today does not mean the winter season is cancelled. All nightmares end eventually, and so will this one.

We anticipate that things will be looking better in the new year, as more people are inoculated. What does it mean for this hockey season and the games you have missed, and will miss under the new restrictions? It is our full intention, for the games that would have occurred during the time that restrictions are in place, to make up as many games as possible prior to the end of the current season. We recognize that it may not be possible to make up all the games missed.

As you can see, this is a fluid situation and anything can happen. There is one thing you can be certain of, no matter what happens, we will make sure things are right for you and your team. If we are unable to make up the games affected by the restrictions during the Winter 2020-21 season, we will apply a credit to your team’s account balance, for your GM to manage for every game we are not able to reschedule. We will not know what these credits are until the end of the season, at this time your team GM can request a refund of the credit, or leave it on account for future season. This is our guarantee to you. Once we have more information, we will further update you.

From all of us here, thank you for choosing the NCHL and your patience with us as we navigate these unprecedented times together.

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