Hi Avalanche Families,

While Thanksgiving may look a little different for many of us this year, I am especially thankful that our girls are back together on the ice.  Recent events in our broader North Shore communities should be a reminder for us all that COVID-19 is present in our community.

In order to limit risk of exposure, maintain your commitment to wearing a mask and keeping physical distance. I’d like to take a moment to remind each of us to keep using our layers of protection, including but not limited to:

• Not coming to the rink if you don’t feel well
• Completing the required health check assessment process before all hockey events
• Arriving at the rink ready to participate (recommended in full gear including face coverings) – hands should be washed and/or sanitized
• Avoiding physical contact with others – no hugs, hand shakes, high fives, etc.
• Limiting time spent in arenas before and after designated ice times

As well, for your reference, I invite you to take a moment to review our updated safety plan posted on our COVID updates page which reflects that we are now in “Phase 3” hockey activities. We have revised the Illness Policy to clarify the steps this season when your player is not feeling well and have assigned Christa Hook (our Risk Manager lead) as our Avalanche COVID Communications Officer. Please direct all questions on the Illness Policy and all reports of player illness to Christa at safety@northshoregirlshockey.com.

Our number one goal is to keep everyone safe and having fun playing the game they love. Thank you for doing your part to keep our hockey community safe – and our girls on the ice.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Andrew Smyth
NSFIHA President