The Grand Plains Minor Hockey Association was only a few weeks into the season in November when Manitoba went into 'Code Red' which shut rinks across the province and with that, the season was put on pause.
Manitobans had hoped hockey would be able to resume earlier this month; however, that wasn't the case and on February 11, the association officially ended its season. And although the season was much shorter than anyone would have hoped, it was still a season for the books for Grand Plains.
"We probably had record amounts of teams out here in Grand Plains, so that's really exciting," said Scott Crowe, President. "Everyone came into the season so excited to play so it's just unfortunate that we didn't get that opportunity."
In some other exciting Grand Plains Minor Hockey news, they were able to secure boards that split up the rink in two halves and they will be used at both the GACC and at the rink in Gilbert Plains. The boards will be used for all competitions involving U7 and U9 teams.
The boards were made possible thanks to dozens of donations including ones from Ryan Pulock, Kent and Leanne Topham, Tom and Lisa White, and the Gilbert Plains Municipality, just to name a few.
Crowe says the boards are an extreme upgrade from the mats they were previously using.
"It's really exciting for our two communities," said Crowe. "To raise all of the money, that's incredible. The boards were around $16,000 so we can't thank all of the donors enough."
Crowe says preparations are already underway for the 2021-22 season and everyone can't wait to get back on the ice.
"A ton of work was put in to make this season even possible," ended Crowe. "The ice was in for just about a month and now everyone is looking forward to next season."