The Manitoba U18 AAA Hockey League is excited to announce that Hockey Manitoba has approved our league move into Phase 3 of the Return to Play Plan. This means that the U18 AAA League is permitted, beginning October 1, 2020, to have game play.
As per our last update, our season is slated to start on October 16, 2020 and we are working with teams to confirm home dates for our revised schedule. We anticipate releasing a full schedule in the next 2 weeks.
We look forward to an exiting and safe 2020-2021 hockey season!
Per: Levi Taylor
RETURN TO PLAY UPDATE - The Manitoba U18 AAA Hockey League’s Return to Play Task Force has determined the structure and format of the schedule for the 2020-2021 regular season. The following Return to Play plan is subject to final approval by Hockey Manitoba.
Following parameters set by Hockey Manitoba and the Provincial Health Authority, the Manitoba U18 AAA Hockey League has prepared a significantly modified schedule. Member clubs will play a reduced schedule of 36 games in two (2) phases beginning on October 16th.
To accommodate potential regional health authority restriction increases during the season, the league will divide its member clubs into three (3) divisions: (1) West, aligned with the Prairie Mountain Health Region, (2) Central, aligned with the Southern Health and Interlake-Eastman Health Regions, and (3) East, aligned with the Winnipeg Health Region and Northwestern Ontario.
In an effort to reduce travel, hotel stays, and contact between multiple clubs in succession, Phase 1 of the season will consist of divisional play and 3-game mini-series over ~10 day periods. Using the East Division as an example, Phase 1 would see the Wild play the Bruins in a 3 game set followed by a 3 game set against the Thrashers, followed by a 3 game set against the Thistles. The teams would then repeat the cycle to complete Phase 1.
Should a positive case or outbreak occur, the three (3) division structure will allow the league to isolate individual divisions while permitting the others to continue to play.
At the conclusion of Phase 1, and subject to its completion without COVID-related cancellations, Phase 2 will consist of interdivisional play. Teams will play home and home series against teams outside of their own division.
Continuing our effort to reduce hotel stays and contact between multiple clubs in succession, Norman’s schedule will see the team host all 12 clubs for 2 games in Thompson, and Norman will travel south to play 6 teams for 2 games. As always, the games will be confined to weekend play, and the league intends to isolate Norman’s games from any 3 game set played between divisional opponents.
Finally, as directed by Hockey Manitoba, each team will appoint a Communications Officer to be responsible for monitoring and maintaining safety and hygiene protocols. Communication Officers will be required to ensure all heath authority guidelines as well as Hockey Manitoba guidelines and recommendations are adhered to for each on or off-ice session (practice, games, video, etc.).
Per: Levi Taylor, Commissioner