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Return To Play

Hockey Manitoba released Version 3 of our Return to Play plan on October 8, 2020.

Phase 3 of Hockey Manitoba’s Return to Play plan involving regular season competition began on Thursday October 1, 2020, for Regions, Leagues, and Hockey Canada Accredited Schools that have been approved by Hockey Manitoba.

Hockey Manitoba has created a Phase 3 Approvals webpage which lists the Regions, Leagues, and Hockey Canada Accredited Schools that have been approved for Phase 3 as well as the Regions, Leagues and Hockey Canada Accredited Schools that have not yet been approved.

Please note: Any updates to the Phase 3 Approvals webpage will be made by 3:30 p.m. each business day.

Effective Monday September 28, 2020, players, coaches, staff, volunteers, spectators, and officials will be required to wear face masks in facilities where Hockey Manitoba-sanctioned activities take place.

Players and officials are not required to wear face masks while on the ice engaging in physical activity but are required to wear face masks in the dressing room prior to getting on the ice. Team officials, including coaches, are required to wear face masks while on the bench.

Masks will also be mandatory for all facilitators and participants attending in-person coaching and officiating clinics across the province.

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 January 1, 2021.  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 December 1, 2020 and will only be granted for travel occurring after January 1, 2021.

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 (approved on a regional/league basis October 1, 2020) – 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

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