Season Update – Dec.19th, 2021

The Greater Toronto Hockey League has announced that effective Sunday, December 19 until Thursday, December 23, all competitive (‘AAA,’ ‘AA,’ and ‘A’) games will be postponed. In light of this news and the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, the Leaside Hockey Association Board has decided to follow the decision of the GTHL and effective Sunday, December 19, all house leagues games and practices will be postponed until the New Year.

The GTHL’s and LHA’s decision comes as a direct result of the change in isolation requirements from Public Health. On December 18, the GTHL was notified that due to the COVID-19 variant Omicron, the Ministry of Health and Public Health have modified isolation requirements to now include anyone who has come into close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status. These individuals must now isolate for at least 10 days. Prior to this modification, individuals who were vaccinated and deemed a close contact of an individual who had tested positive for COVID-19 did not necessarily have to isolate. Please see attached for further information from the GTHL on its decision.

All LHA teams may continue to practice and/or participate in skill development programs if they choose for the reminder of the calendar year; however, all city arenas are now requiring that players be fully masked while on the ice. We will reach out to Leaside Memorial Community Gardens and The Hockey Factory to determine if they are requiring the same; but be prepared to be asked to mask should you choose to continue with competitive team practices.

We understand this abrupt pause may be disappointing to players. We, as a Board, are grateful that our players were able to take the ice this fall season and we will continue to keep everyone updated on the remaining season.

We wish all our members a safe and healthy holiday with family.

Leaside Hockey Association, Board of Directors.