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Connecticut suspends interstate youth hockey competitions through end of 2020

Traveling to other states for games is a big part of many youth hockey teams. But starting Saturday and until at least Dec. 31, all competitions will be in state only.

News 12 Staff

Nov 12, 2020, 10:55 PM

Updated 1,317 days ago

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Connecticut is one of seven states in the Northeast suspending all interstate youth hockey competitions through at least the end of the year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Traveling to other states for games is a big part of many youth hockey teams. But starting Saturday and until at least Dec. 31, all competitions will be in state only.
Stamford Youth Hockey started up again in August with 250 players, along with coaches, parents and volunteers adapting to a new normal.
"Being socially distanced off the ice, so kids in the locker rooms and in the common areas," said Malloy. "We're only allowed to have one parent or guardian in the rink...Anybody in the facility has to wear masks at all times."
Starting last week, Connecticut rolled back to phase 2.1, meaning masks are mandatory when playing as well.
Interstate games are canceled for all youth leagues, public schools and private schools.
"It's a little bit of disappointment, but everybody realizes what kind of situation we're in, and everybody's volunteering and doing their best to help make the season a success," said Stamford Youth Hockey President Marc Malloy.
A joint statement released by the seven governor's offices says in part, "As case numbers increase in many states across the country, it is critical that neighboring states create a regional approach to limit further community spread of the virus."
Malloy says his league has followed all the protocols, leading to zero instances of COVID-19 within the organization. He says players have had to sit out and be tested, but no team has been shut down.
"We've proven that we can have a successful safe hockey season, and kids can enjoy the sport that they love," said Malloy.
The interstate ban does not cover collegiate, professional or the U.S. national hockey teams, which do still have to follow existing COVID-19 measures.


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