Hi Avalanche Families:

It has been great to see everyone back at the arena!  As our hockey season gets underway, we’d like to send out an important reminder about player illness.  A global pandemic brings with it a heightened sense of caution and vigilance.  To that end, under the Avalanche Illness Policy, the following things need to be kept in mind.

1) Do not come to the arena if you are unwell.
2) If a player is sick and needs to miss a practice or game, please advise one of your team officials (coach, manager, HCSP).
3) If a player starts to feel sick at a game or practice, team officials will contact the player’s parents to come take them home immediately.
4) Under the Illness Policy, team officials (or parents directly) must advise Andrew Smyth of a player illness (president@northshoregirlshockey.com). Working with the Avalanche Risk Manager, Andrew will then follow up by email with the family.
5) An ill player cannot come back to hockey without a doctor’s note, a copy of negative covid test results, or, if these are not available, after sitting out from hockey for 2 weeks from symptom onset. In all circumstances only returning to hockey symptom free and feeling well.

Our Illness Policy is guided by Hockey Canada and BC Hockey protocols. We understand this is more strict than what may be happening in the school system but we are taking a very careful approach this season and appreciate your patience and understanding. We want to do our part to limit the spread of illness this year, particularly as we look ahead to a return to game play in a few weeks time.

We will be hosting a ZOOM information call for all team HCSPs in early October to discuss our Illness Policy and other safety policies and procedures.  In the meantime, please contact safety@northshoregirlshockey.com if you have questions.

Christa Hook
North Shore Avalanche Risk Manager