by Monique Organ
Special to Wreckhouse Weekly
PORT AUX BASQUES – Through great collaboration with Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador (HNL), The Bruce II Arena and the Town of Channel-Port Aux Basques (CPAB), the Channel-Port Aux Basques Minor Hockey is proud to say the 2020-2021 hockey season started on Oct. 2.
We had a weekend schedule arranged to ensure all groups got a chance to touch the ice, get back at it and get a feel for what the new norm will be. Our regular weekly schedule is still being fine-tuned and will be posted on our Facebook page for our members and participants once finalized.
Just as the reintegration into public places was ever-evolving this summer, this too will be an ever-evolving process. Those who are members of our Minor Hockey Association can be kept apprised of the need to know facts and details on our face book page.
We look forward to continued support and collaboration with HNL, The Bruce II Arena and the Town of CPAB to provide, though a different season, an enjoyable one to the children. Seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces, and hearing the laughter and squeals of excitement made the past few months of planning all worth it. They truly are resilient human beings, that have been tossed a ton of new expectations and are handling it like the true champs they are.
Organizing return to play encompassed many different Covid guidelines that can be found on the Government of NL website (https://www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19/), some of which were: Government of NL COVID-19 Resources, Government of NL Sport Guidance, Government of NL Arena Operations Guidance, Hockey Canada Return to Hockey Resources, Hockey NL-COVID-19 Resources – Use of Masks.
We were able to keep our registration costs the same, our ticket selling demand the same and our program was able to retain healthy participation numbers across nine full time divisions, despite the regulations the pandemic has imposed on us. We have a great network of on ice and off ice officials, coaching and training staff and parent volunteers helping us captain this ship. It truly does take a village and Port aux Basques has answered the call tenfold.