Well, the world is very much with us, isn’t it? You hear the word ‘unprecedented’ a lot these days in every walk of life.
The Juan de Fuca Hockey Association will now join in that word association.
As we all do our best to lessen the exposure of Covid-19 to our most vulnerable teammates, we are now quite aware the sacrifice involved will be significant. We also don’t really know how long this will be the case.
As we know, the hockey season was cancelled. Our facilities that we use are now being closed as part of the effort to stem the spread of this contagion.
These ‘interruptions’ are having a real effect in terms of our members’ ability to earn a living, run their business, take care of their family and our other top priorities.
There are estimates as to how long this situation will last, but that is all they are. What we do know is that the more vigilant we are in maintaining the new standards of social contact and congregation, the less time required to maintain our new rules of contact.
In the meantime, this is what we can do to help our members:
Please continue to register your player for hockey - if you cannot make the payment due to these unstable times, that’s okay. If you can, please do. We would rather get our members registered in order to plan out our season- the planning never stops😊 We will figure out the cash later as the times and events define the environment.
As of now, West Shore Parks and Recreation has closed all its facilities, including JDF Arena where our office is located -we will update when this changes.
Always a great time to meet friends, acknowledge players and volunteers for their contribution. The Awards Banquet scheduled for April 6th will be rescheduled, hopefully in May, however, we will keep you posted as the direction from our health authorities permits.
As per our last email on this, please have all jerseys washed and bagged up. At this moment, we have no place to store them, since our storage facility is now closed. We will advise a new date for return when available.
We need each other right now.
We need to care and protect people we may never meet.
We need our ‘hockey sense’ - prepare, plan, practice, play the game hard and respect everyone in the process.
The hockey community is close and caring - we are also practical.
We will get through this; we are already on our way.
So be strong for those that need that strength and reach out to your teammate when you need to.
Our minor hockey association is built on the hearts and hands of everyone involved. That is how we will handle these times and we will always look out for each other.
Juan de Fuca MHA Executive