(Montreal, Quebec), Tuesday, June 2, 2020 – Hockey Quebec is excited to present its plan for the return of hockey. Divided into six (6) phases, it focuses not only on the development of young people’s skills, but also on the pleasure of playing and moving.
“We believe in the importance of resuming physical activity and getting our young people moving in a safe and accessible environment, as soon as possible. This fits within the framework of our mission to offer a positive, safe and accessible environment, as well as programs focused on learning and fun for all hockey players in Quebec, “said the president of Hockey Quebec, Yve Sigouin.
Each phase, of variable durations, has its specific objective which will gradually lead to the return to hockey with full teams (phase 6). Hockey Quebec will communicate its official explanatory guide to these different rules (social and sanitary / hygiene distancing), as well as the specific instructions to follow and the tools necessary for each phases to its members before the start of theses.
“We are very aware that after this long break, young hockey players will have an immense desire to resume their favorite sport. With this plan, we are offering young people the opportunity to resume their hockey activities sooner while awaiting the return of hockey as we knew it before March 12, “said Hockey Quebec executive director Paul Menard.
Our plan, which will be attached to the Hockey Canada guide as a provincial version, will be reassessed and adjusted as knowledge evolves over time. Any additional instructions from government authorities will then be studied and incorporated into the plan.
“We are aware that our 14 districts display different realities; the return to hockey could be reflective of that. In order to ensure the success of this recovery plan and to overcome this crisis, we will have to work proactively and critically, to rethink and innovate our usual working methods and our ways of doing things, “adds Mr. Menard.
Hockey Quebec thanks the members and partners of our seven working committees who participated in the return to hockey plan. We also recognize the contribution of Dr. Michel Loyer, medical advisor for Hockey Quebec, and all those who took part in the development of the plan with their suggestions.
“More than ever, teamwork and the collaboration of all parties are necessary and we are proud to see the great participation of our members in meeting this new challenge. Together, we can make a difference and ensure a safe return, ”concludes Mr. Sigouin.
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