Hockey Winnipeg Communication – February 25, 2021

With the changes to the Manitoba Public Health orders coming into effect today, this will allow for organized practices and exhibition games to be played on outdoor hockey rinks and one-on-one training to occur on indoor hockey rinks.  As such, Hockey Manitoba has released a new version of their Return To Play Plan (RTP). This RTP document can be viewed by following this link: RTP Version 5.  It is crucial to the success of any team wishing to participate in organized activities to read this document and implement the guidelines therein.

In addition to reviewing and adhering to the new RTP Document, Hockey Winnipeg’s regulations on Game Postponements and Rescheduling (Hockey Winnipeg Website, Resources Tab, Rule Book, Page 61) must be considered regarding the outside temperature.  These temperature guidelines apply to both exhibition games and practices. Teams who wish to engage in an exhibition game must complete the appropriate form on the Hockey Winnipeg Website (Forms Tab, Exhibition Game Form) and they must ensure that proper regulations are followed such as the use of certified officials only, the use of a Hockey Winnipeg gamesheet and that the rink is suitable for play.  A suitable rink is one that has working player benches, suitable nets and has no gaps in the boards/gates/fences.


Hockey Winnipeg | Exhibition Game Request


Hockey Winnipeg Position – Outdoor Organized Sports

The Province of Manitoba has released a proposal for loosening restrictions that could go into effect on Saturday, February 13th 2021.  Among the proposed changes, organized outdoor sports are listed.

While we understand that this is an exciting potential development, we would like to remind our members that this change is only a proposal at this time.  Even if this proposed change does come into effect on the 13th we would need approval from our governing bodies, Sport Manitoba and Hockey Manitoba, before our teams could hold practices or development sessions at outdoor hockey rinks.  Additionally, there will be protocols and guidelines to follow once outdoor activities are permitted to ensure the safety of all participants.

We thank you all for your patience in this matter and for adhering to the regulations in place.


Effective January 30, 2021 the Board of Directors and Executive Members of Hockey Winnipeg have made the difficult decision to cancel the remainder of the 2020/2021 Regular Hockey Season and Playoffs. This directive excludes those teams that participate in provincially run leagues.

It has always been the hope of Hockey Winnipeg to return to scheduled league play, however the current restrictions, timelines and ice availability does not make that feasible. This decision is not closing the door on hockey this year, just Hockey Winnipeg regular season and playoff games. This will allow for Area Associations within Hockey Winnipeg to provide local programming for the balance of the season as public health restrictions may allow.

Hockey Winnipeg and our Area Associations will be working to provide fair refunds to our members over the next few months. The refunds will be pro-rated based upon the amount of activity that has taken place and what activity can be offered at the local level once restrictions allow. Some fees are not recoverable (such as tryout fees where tryouts have taken place, player insurance, etc.) and those fees will not be refunded. Should refunds be provided, they will be distributed to members by the end date of a typical hockey season which is April 30th, 2021.

The Board of Directors and Executive Members of Hockey Winnipeg did not take this decision lightly and it is with heavy hearts and after lengthy discussion that we share this directive. We would like to thank our members for being patient throughout this trying season and we regret the premature end of the 2020/2021 hockey season. We plan to support our Area Associations as much as possible with locally run programming.

Chris Hall, President – Hockey Winnipeg
Ian McArton, Executive Director – Hockey Winnipeg


In accordance with the extension to January 22nd, 2021 of the Public Heath Orders that have paused Minor Hockey since October 31st, 2020, Hockey Winnipeg would like to update the community and our members with our current position.

At this point in time, Hockey Winnipeg and it’s ten Minor Hockey Associations are committed to providing our members with organized minor hockey programming at such time as the public health orders will permit.  Once the public health orders allow group sports to resume and indoor sports facilities to re-open, Hockey Winnipeg will assess the existing restrictions and implement appropriate programming through our Area Associations. Our priority is to engage the youth in our community in safe, fun and beneficial activities. We are not willing to abandon minor hockey programs for our membership this year.

The question has been raised in the community about refunding registration and team fees.  It is still the hope of Hockey Winnipeg to put those fees to good use for programming this season.  We are not able to issue refunds at this point in time, but the Executive of Hockey Winnipeg is committed to providing fair refunds to our members once we are able to determine exactly what can be done in terms of our program length and content.

Hockey Winnipeg would like to encourage all of our members to continue to practice the fundamentals of safety during this pandemic and we would like to remind everyone to put the safety of your community first over the coming weeks.  We will get though this and get back to the sport we love soon.

Certification Deadline – January 18, 2021

In late November, Hockey Manitoba made the decision to extend the 2020 – 2021 certification deadline for Coaches and Officials past December 1, 2020.  The deadline extension applied to Coaches, Managers, Safety Persons, and Officials who had not yet obtained the required certification for their position.

Hockey Manitoba has made the decision to set Monday January 18, 2021 as the deadline for coaches, officials, managers and safety persons to obtain their certification.

We have added the following online coaching and officiating clinic dates and would like to remind all team officials that this will be the last opportunity for coaches and officials to get their certification training for this season.

  • January 15 – Checking Skills 1 – 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • January 16 – Coach 2 – 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • January 16 – Coach 1 – 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • January 17 – Coach 1 – 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • January 17 – Coach 2 – 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • January 17 – Official Level 1 & 2 – 9:00 am – Noon
  • January 18 – Official Level 3 – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

For a complete list of upcoming Hockey Manitoba coaching and officiating clinics, please click here.

Online clinics will be hosted on Zoom but require registration to still be completed through eHockey. Online clinics will be 3 hours in length and DO NOT include an on-ice portion. The capacity of each clinic will be set to 50 participants.

Coaches and officials attending online clinics will be expected to use a laptop with a functional webcam and microphone. Smartphones and tablets are also acceptable but not recommended.

Please note: The clinics and their respective online prerequisites currently available on eHockey are compliant with the extended deadline. If you are able to attend these sessions we suggest that you register for them immediately.

Please click the link below to view the Hockey Manitoba Coaching Certification requirements:

Coaching Certification Requirements

If you have any concerns in regards to your certification, please contact Erikson Solnes, Coordinator, Coach Development (esolnes@hockeymanitoba.ca) or Charles Bergstresser, Coordinator, Officials Development (cbergstresser@hockeymanitoba.ca)

Thank you.

– Hockey Manitoba



Hockey Winnipeg and its member Minor Hockey Associations are committed to providing quality hockey programs in 2021, in a manner that is safe and responsible.  Hockey Winnipeg is currently planning a number of different approaches to hockey in 2021 with the goal of implementation under various levels of restrictions that may be in place from the Manitoba Provincial Government.  Once hockey receives approval to re-enter return to play and Hockey Winnipeg receives approval from our governing bodies – Hockey Manitoba and Sport Manitoba – we will return to the ice as soon as is reasonably possible.  While we do not know what the next few weeks hold, it is our intention to begin this program implementation as soon as possible following the lifting of restrictions.


Hockey Winnipeg would like to remind our members that the health and safety of our entire community is of the greatest importance at this time.  By complying with the current restrictions we can all play a part in the return of hockey and many other valuable activities.  Over the next few weeks outdoor hockey rinks and frozen lakes will be available for use. We encourage everyone to be physically active but must remind our members that organized team activities on these surfaces are strictly prohibited by public health orders.  Any violation of the Public Health Act and specifically Order #12 (or any other relevant orders) will not only result in enforcement from the Province of Manitoba but Hockey Winnipeg may take additional disciplinary action as well.


Hockey Winnipeg would like to wish all of our members a Merry Christmas, a safe holiday season and a Happy New Year.  We look forward to dropping the puck in 2021!


Hockey Manitoba’s Return to Play as of November 5th

Hockey Winnipeg is currently following Hockey Manitoba’s Return to Play Plan.  The updated version of the Plan can be found by visiting the following link: http://www.hockeymanitoba.ca/return-to-play/


Updates on unique steps being taken by Hockey Winnipeg are regularly sent to the Area Associations for implementation.


The Covid-19 pandemic has been a challenge but if we can continue to be flexible, adhere to the regulations and have a great attitude we can get back to the sport we love!

Hockey Winnipeg Covid 19 Update


There has been an update from the Government of Manitoba. It reads:

The Winnipeg Metropolitan region will move to the Critical level (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System effective Monday, November 2nd. The following measures will be put in place:

Sports and Recreation Activities

  • All recreational facilities, group sports, arcades, bowling, etc. Suspended.
  • All indoor and outdoor sports facilities closed.

Hockey Winnipeg is implementing the following directives:

  • Effective Saturday, October 31st ALL Hockey Winnipeg sanctioned activities must cease and are postponed until further notice
  • This is including but not limited to: practices, development sessions, games, exhibition games, dryland workouts and team functions
  • Hockey Winnipeg teams are NOT permitted to travel outside the city to participate in any hockey activities
  • These directives apply to all levels of play within Hockey Winnipeg including U18 AAA
  • A number of facilities are already closed in Winnipeg.  Before going to the rink tonight please check to see if your facility is still open.

Hockey Winnipeg would like to encourage our members to follow the Provincial guidelines, the sooner we can stop the spread of Covid-19 the sooner we can get back to the rink.

When more information becomes available regarding a return to sanctioned activity it will be shared at that time.

Mask Use Mandatory

Effective September 28, 2020 the use of masks by all participants and spectators at Hockey Manitoba sanctioned events is mandatory. Masks may only be removed when players and coaches put on their helmets to enter the ice surface.


This measure is to ensure the safety for all individuals in the minor hockey environment.  Hockey Manitoba sanctioned events include all forms of development sessions, tryouts, practices, games, etc.

Registration now available – 2020/21 Coach Development & Mentorship Program

Registration is now available for the brand-new Hockey Winnipeg Coach Development & Mentorship program!

These clinics are not and cannot be used as a substitute for the any of the Hockey Manitoba Coach 1-Intro to Coach, Coach 2-Coach Level, and Checking Skills 1 certification clinics. The clinics in this program are meant to provide specific and extra education to coaches (and potential coaches) that will help both coaches and players receive the knowledge and skills to have positive experiences in hockey!

The program is free for all Winnipeg coaches (U7-U18 / AAA, AA, A, HL) who choose to attend any of the clinics. Coaches can select/attend as many clinics that pertain to their age group as they would like. All coaches who attend an online clinic will be added to Evolution Hockey’s online application where they will receive weekly practice plans, skill and drill demonstrations, and education materials for the entire season. In order to register for/attend an on-ice clinic at Dutton arena, coaches must have registered for/attended the appropriate/same online clinic topic.

Space is very limited for all online and on-ice clinics and registration is a first-come first-serve basis.

If you have any questions, email development@hockeywinnipeg.ca