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Return To Play

The Province of Manitoba has approved Phase 2 of Hockey Manitoba’s Return to Play (RTP) Plan – Version 1 for the 2020 – 2021 season.  The approval of Phase 2 will allow sanctioned programs to safely resume, following the protocols set by Hockey Manitoba beginning September 1, 2020.

Based on the recommendation by the Province of Manitoba, Hockey Manitoba and its Board of Directors have made the decision to not allow sanctioned tournaments or events to take place prior to November 1, 2020.  The decision also includes the cancellation of Hockey Manitoba’s U15 AAA Male and Female Showcase event that was scheduled for October 2 – 4, 2020, which will not be rescheduled.

Travel permit applications will not be accepted for out of province travel until October 15, 2020 and will only be granted for travel occurring after November 1, 2020.

The Return to Play plan incorporates the current requirements outlined in Stages 1 – 4 of the Government of Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services Plan, health and safety guidelines from Hockey Canada, and programming, registration and sanctioning for Hockey Manitoba.

Part of our commitment includes an ongoing and regular review of our RTP protocols based on the latest recommended COVID-19 health precautions, which will help to enhance the positive hockey experience under the province’s health directives.

The Return to Hockey Plan has three phases:

    • Phase 1 – On-ice skill development (non-contact), online meetings and clinics, non-sanctioned activities
    • Phase 2 (approved August 12, 2020 and will begin with sanctioned activity starting on September 1, 2020) – on-ice skill development (non-contact), drills, team tactics, online or in-person clinic, tryouts
    • Phase 3 (subject to approval by Hockey Manitoba) – regular season competition (contact), game play (contact), practices (contact), travel

Hockey Manitoba will continue to strive towards placing our members in a safe and healthy environment. Physical distancing, mask wearing, good hygiene and screening are necessary steps that must be practiced in order to return to hockey safely, and will assist in reducing the risk to the hockey community.


Facility Return to Play Protocols

The reopening of arenas in Manitoba begun as of June 1, 2020 as facilities were able to open along with Phase 2 of the Manitoba Restoring Safe Services plan.

Members can utilize the province of Manitoba’s Risk Assessment and Mitigation Tool along with Hockey Canada guidance.

If you have any questions pertaining to Hockey Manitoba’s Return to Hockey plan, please submit via email to

Hockey Manitoba Information Sessions

Hockey Manitoba hosted five information sessions on Zoom for member leagues and associations between the dates of August 6 – 13, 2020, to ensure communication of important information included in the Hockey Manitoba Return to Play (RTP) plan approved for Phase 2 by the provincial government beginning on August 12, 2020.

Here you can find Hockey Manitoba's Return to Play Q & A based on questions that were discussed in the information sessions.

Tryout/Evaluation Protocols

One of the major components in Phase 2 of Hockey Manitoba's Return to Play (RTP) plan will be tryout and evaluation camps. For associations and teams preparing to run tryout/evaluation camps, Hockey Manitoba has put together Tryout/Evaluations Protocols that will help in ensuring that these camps adhere to the RTP guidelines.

Hockey Canada Statement


CALGARY, Alta. – The following is a statement on behalf of Hockey Canada from Tom Renney, chief executive officer, and Scott Smith, president and chief operating officer, on the return-to-hockey process in Canada.

“On March 12, the decision was made to cancel all Hockey Canada-sanctioned activities across the country. This was a difficult decision, but one made to maintain the health and safety of all participants and the general public amid growing concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Currently there are no Hockey Canada-sanctioned activities being conducted, and we are working with our Members on their return-to-hockey plans. After ongoing discussions with the board of directors, our chief medical officer, the 13 Members and public health authorities across the country, it has been determined that the best approach for a return to hockey in Canada is to allow each Member the opportunity to work with authorities in their respective regions to determine when it is safe to return to the ice in areas that fall under their jurisdiction. We expect the timing of each Member’s return to hockey will be different, but will be based on the advice of their government and public health authority.

It is imperative to note that we are not ready to return to the game across the country. As we have seen in respect to flattening the curve, the impact of the pandemic varies from region to region. Permitting our Members the opportunity to decide on an appropriate return-to-hockey timeline will allow them to work directly with public health authorities to determine when it is safe to return while also implementing specific safety measures and rules within their associations and leagues.

Hockey Canada knows the game will look quite different, and the return will happen at different speeds and at different times across the country. Be assured, we continue to work on our multi-faceted return-to-hockey plan that includes health and safety regulations, communications and seasonal structure. As with so many people across the country, we look forward to returning to the game when it is safe to do so, and we will support our 13 Members as we continue to work towards getting back on the ice.”

Below are links to Hockey Canada's Return to Hockey Safety Guidelines document and FAQ in support of the Return to Hockey statement.

Hockey Canada Return to Hockey Safety Guidelines
Hockey Canada Return to Hockey Safety Guidelines FAQ

For more information on Hockey Canada's Return to Hockey plan, please visit