The Sooke Minor Hockey Association is set to kick off on Sept. 12, with increased safety protocols. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sooke minor hockey set to get kids on ice by mid-September

President says re-opening dependent on SEAPARC installing ice in time

Hockey players will hit the ice once again in Sooke.

“We’ve got our fingers crossed that everything is good to go by mid-September,” Les Lewco, president of the Sooke Minor Hockey Association, said.

“The number of kids that registered is slightly higher than last year, and we’re so glad that more kids are deciding to take up the sport.”

Following B.C. Hockey health protocols for the coronavirus pandemic, players and parents will need to answer screening questions before entering the SEAPARC arena.

Players can only show up within 30 minutes before their practice begins and clear the building 15 minutes after training ends.

There will be one parent or guardian allowed to accompany their player into the arena as there are tight regulations for capacity in the rink. Bathrooms located inside change rooms will be closed for safety, and the change rooms will be cleaned between each use.

Each child must have their own labeled water bottle as there will be no sharing.

Lewco said the association’s executive team is considering mandatory temperature checks.

The Sooke minor hockey season is set to kick off on Sept. 12, but the reopening is entirely dependent on SEAPARC Leisure Complex as it adjusts from using the space for summer camp programs.

READ MORE: Minor hockey president optimistic about sport’s future growth in Sooke


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