Our Return to Hockey Task Force has been working overtime these past two weeks to design a Return to Hockey program for launch next month. There are many layers of detail that need to be considered while the external parameters and technicalities are fluid and change every few days.
To give you an idea of the complexities involved, we are now well past Draft 25 of our master ice schedule and it still needs some revision in response to recent changes made to our ice allocation. We are also in the process of designing screening/distancing protocols for each of the 13 unique ice facilities we will be using. This involves site visits, user flow mapping, the integration and management of a new mobile screening app, as well as the recruitment of screening/safety staff and the mandatory credentialling, training and scheduling they require.
At the same time, we continue to collaborate regularly with both the GTHL and our colleagues who manage other hockey associations in Toronto to compare best practices.
For Learn to Play and House League, we have moved the projected start date to Oct. 31. This extra time is needed not only to set up and process a new round of registrations/payments for 1,000 players but also to ensure we have properly sorted out all the necessary financial and safety/compliance details. Like you, we are also monitoring the current health situation to see how it evolves.
I ask again for your patience while we work through this process to construct a well-considered plan that will get our programs back on the ice safely.
In the meantime, I am very pleased to announce the launch of our brand-new NT Dryland Skills Academy.
In conjunction with our skills instruction partners at the Canadian Pro Hockey Clinic, we have produced a series of 20 videos featuring drills that players of all ages can do anywhere they can swing a hockey stick. The first set of videos can be found on our website at:
Also, the Washington Capitals just released a video featuring North Toronto’s very own Stanley Cup champion, Tom Wilson, with lots of footage of Tom playing in our uniforms and in our barn – the North Toronto Arena: