Today is an exciting day for the 11 member clubs across the province that make up the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. 

As Manitoba has continued to ease its restrictions when it comes to the coronavirus, the MJHL has continued to develop Return to Play Guidelines ahead of the 2020-2021 season. The guidelines would be phased in and Phase 1 is now in effect.

Phase 1 which includes the ability to safely resume summer activities has been approved by the Provincial Health Authorities. 

“This is another exciting and important step that allows the MJHL and member teams the ability to operate as they normally would throughout the summer months,” shared MJHL Director of Operations, Kevin Saurette. “These uncertain times have necessitated specific measures to allow the MJHL and member teams the opportunity to return safely to the sport we all love.”

Teams can now prepare to plan, promote, and execute Off-Ice Training/On-Ice practice, prospect camps, and development camps. This means players, coaches, managers, staff, and medical personnel may attend facilities for on-ice and off-ice training.

You can see the complete Phase 1 Return to Play Guidelines here

Additionally, the league has announced when it plans to open the new season. A tentative date is set for Friday, September 25. 

“Fundamentally we believe these guidelines put the MJHL, its Member Teams and all participants in the best position to return to sanctioned summer hockey activities in a safe and healthy manner," concluded Saurette. "We look forward to MJHL Hockey returning to the province in September as we continue to work diligently with Hockey Canada, Hockey Manitoba, Sport Manitoba and the necessary Provincial Health Authorities."