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Message from the President - December 12, 2020

Dear GKGHA families,

We want to let you know about some changes being implemented in response to the rise in local Covid-19 cases. During an emergency board meeting yesterday evening the following changes were approved:

- Effective immediately, travel to and game play with the Gannanoque Royals will be on hold.  Both communities have seen an increase in people contracting Covid-19, and the KFL&A is recommending teams stay within their local health unit at this time. Both associations agreed that this is the safest option. If your team was scheduled to play Gananaoque in Kingston, you will now have a practice during that ice time.

- Starting Monday, December 14 we will move all teams (rep and house league) to practice format only. There are to be NO games, battle drills or scrimmages of any kind. All coaches, parents and players should increase their vigilance in following all Covid protocols. Masks must be worn until you hit the ice and immediately put on when you get off the ice. Maintain social distancing and use the hand sanitizers provided at all facilities.

- The GKGHA will have its last ice time of 2020 on December 23rd. Following that, we will be ceasing all operations until January 9. The week of January 9 we will resume with a reduced schedule with game play resuming on January 14.  This will allow us to better understand the impact that the holidays have on our community Covid-19 numbers. While we trust that the vast majority of you will act responsibly, we know there are others that may not.  The potential for people congregating or traveling to more heavily impacted areas is great.  Having a delay on our return will help to protect our players and volunteers at this critical time.  

We knew when this season started that there could be changes to hockey in response to the pandemic, and we will continue to explore all options, including extending our season or offering refunds if we are unable to provide full programming. Please check the website frequently for updates and schedule changes.

On behalf of myself and the rest of the GKGHA board, we wish you a safe, responsible and happy holiday season.  

Rob Lambert

    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

    At the best of times, volunteers are the backbone of our organization. We simply can't function without them. This year will pose more challenges and more volunteers are required to ensure the best possible experience for our girls. If you are able to help in any way, please send a message to paulheld2@yahoo.ca.  We are looking for volunteers to fill the following roles:

    • House League Coaches for U15 (Bantam), U13 (Peewee), U 11 (Atom), U9 (Novice) and Fundamentals
    • Trainers
    • Den Moms

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