Return to Hockey - #OurGameIsBack

With guidance from all levels of government, and public health authorities, numerous measures have been put in place to ensure the health and safety of all players, parents, coaches, officials, volunteers and their families. Staggered registration dates for the Fall 2021-22 season are already underway in some locations. Detailed information specific to where you live can be found on your local hockey branch’s website using the links below. Whether you are new to hockey, a returning player, or a fan, see below for resources designed to keep you and your family safe and get you back to enjoying our game.




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A Message to Canadians

We know Canadians are ready to get back to the rink, and so are we! From the grassroots to the highest levels of competition, Our Game Is Back, and we welcome you to join us in celebrating its return.

This is not just about our players returning to the ice. It’s about welcoming back parents, volunteers, fans, coaches, officials and everyone who is part of the hockey community across Canada. Each of us has a reason to celebrate hockey’s return, because we all have a place on Canada’s largest team.

Now more than ever, our kids need physical activity, social interactions and opportunities to have fun on the ice while gaining valuable life skills. Hockey provides mental and physical benefits, and contributes to the well-being of all Canadians.

We know kids need to get back to playing games and enjoying the things they love. That is why Hockey Canada and our Members are working diligently to make it happen.

As registration rolls out across the country, we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our participants. Our multifaceted plan includes everything needed to get back to enjoying hockey while knowing you and your family are safe.

From coast to coast to coast, Hockey Canada and our Members are ready to providean environment where you can focus on building friendships and having fun again.

We know how passionate all of you are about hockey. Thank you for keeping the spirit of the game alive and well during a challenging 18 months.

It’s time to share smiles and laughter, and celebrate together. Whether you are new to hockey, a returning player or a fan, we look forward to making new memories now that Our Game Is Back.

Michael Brind’Amour
Chair, Board of Directors

Tom Renney
Chief Executive Officer

Scott Smith
President & COO

We’re gearing up for a safe return to on-ice activities. Below are the guidelines surrounding Return to Hockey. Guidelines will be updated as more information becomes available.
What are the facility guidelines? What hygiene protocols are in place? What happens if there is a positive COVID-19 test?
What are the four RTH stages? What could modified on-ice programming look like? What is the effect on registration?
What are the minimum requirements for certification? Will coach clinics be offered by Members, in-person or virtually?
What is the certification process? What are the on- and off-ice guidelines? Are there any adjustments to playing rules?
How will transfers and releases work? Will teams be allowed to travel? What are the cutdown dates for junior hockey?
Get up-to-date information from your Member and government on health guidelines and return-to-play protocols.
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