Information Update - Letter from the VP, News (Hespeler Minor Hockey Association)

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Information Update - Letter from the VP
Submitted By Matthew Broga on Thursday, October 22, 2020
Hello everyone,

HMHA has received a number of concerns around ice schedules and fees.  We feel the best way to respond to this is with information.

All hockey associations in Ontario have had to integrate rules laid out by the Ontario Government, Hockey Canada, OMHA and the City of Cambridge.  The rules are constantly changing.

Hespeler Minor Hockey was the first association to get a Return to Skate program approved in Ontario. The program, drawn up by our Director of Hockey Operations, was as thick as a hockey puck when finished.

Most other associations have not even attempted to run an IP program this season.

HMHA has hockey programs from U5 to U21. All ages. We have more teams than we have ever had with far less ice times than we have ever had before.

There are multiple coaches coaching 2 teams this season.

GTHL was shut down a couple of weeks ago.  

Brampton and Mississauga made the decision to shut their programs down last week.

Due to Covid19, we have no revenue from tournaments and almost no sponsorships.  This totals approximately $150,000 and means that the fees paid for each child aren't enough to stop HMHA from running at a deficit this year.

All of the volunteers at HMHA have been and are continuing to work very hard to keep your centre open and your children on the ice.

Unfortunately, if any of the current programming (ice times, fees etc.) aren't working out for you and your family, the only recourse at this time is to withdraw your player from the development HMHA is offering for this season. If this option is chosen, you will receive a prorated refund.

We feel badly for any player needing this option, but we have no other way around these issues and have done the best that we can do due to Covid19.Thank you for your time, patience and understanding.

Craig MacNeill
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