Members, I’m writing to inform you that the KWO Executive has made the decision to cancel the 2020-21 hockey season. The last few months we worked hard to figure......
I’m writing to inform you that the KWO Executive has made the decision to cancel the 2020-21 hockey season. The last few months we worked hard to figure out how to have a season and secure ice times that are familiar to our regular schedule, however with the current restrictions we have been unable to do so.
The health and safety of our members is always our top priority. While we realize that many of you were looking forward to getting back on the ice and having some normalcy in these trying times, with further restrictions anticipated we feel we have made the best decision.
With the recent roll out of the vaccine we are hopeful we can return to normal in the Fall. Please watch for further emails and website updates on our restart and application process.
Have a safe and happy holiday,
KWO Hockey Club Inc.
You all know that our return to hockey is uniquely challenging. We continue to prepare for our restart, but our game we love will look different this season and we want you to be prepared.. Below are some restrictions we MUST follow and our current expectations for the 2020 -2021 KWO hockey season. Be assured, however. that you will not be penalized if you decide not to play this season. If you played in the 2019-2020 season, you will have a guaranteed spot for the 2021-2022 season.
With the unknown number of participants, ice requirements are also unknown. It is difficult to tell you, today, how much it will cost to play. That being said, fees should not be higher than normal (pro-rated to amount of play). Once we have numbers, we can then figure out teams, ice time requirements, and a cost per player. We aren’t asking for money at this time we just need to know if you are playing or not. Once full registration is known, the league will determine our ice requirements and then pre-pay all fees to secure the ice times. October 25,2020 will be a deadline to sign up. Applications received after the 25th will be placed on a waiting list. For those of you that submitted your application at the end of last season or during the summer, we do ask that you re-confirm your intentions by email. No need to fill out another application.
As for teams, we will sort players into the teams they played on the previous season and make adjustments as needed to make 10-man roasters, if we are short players, we will pull from the waiting list. Any remaining waiting list players will be considered pool players and will be placed in their respective division. There will be NO stats this year. Instead, we will operate a well-run pick-up hockey league. NO stats.
Note that play will be restricted to Kitchener ice rinks only as we forfeited our Waterloo ice for the season.
Below are the rules as we know them today. They will most likely change further as we move forward but we want to give you as much information as possible, now, so you can make a decision if this season is a fit for you.
CHANGES FOR COVID SAFETY – READ CAREFULLY!
KWO RULES OF PLAY:
PICK – UP HOCKEY MENTALITY
A 50-player limit per division. This ‘bubble’ has to include FT and pool players, and no one can play in another division. One division model we’re considering is 10 FT on 4 teams, plus 10 assigned poolies in that division. 5 on 5 hockey, 4 spaced out guys on the bench No refs, no timekeeper, rink manages the on/off ice timing No face offs. No scrums use a “let him go mentality”, Goaltender covers the puck offense team clears the zone defending team breaks out. No change rooms for players, but we are negotiating for goalies to be able to use a room. Players would have to come dressed. We are hoping for a designated bathroom, Bring your own water, Bring your own bench towel, No spitting of water or saliva on the ice, Rules are asking for no close checking on the ice, we will have to manage that ourselves cannot enter rink sooner than 15 min before ice time, have to leave within 10 min without shower, recommended to bring minimal stuff including personal effects into the rink Ice time may be shortened a bit, as cities talk about ‘extra cleaning time’, that point will become clear through the fall as we book ice
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This league of hockey teams is for men 35 years of age and older, playing up to 2 games per week, approximately 45 games in total, from late September through March each year. There are currently 30 teams in 5 different divisions. Initial placement in a division is based on age, experience and ability and we try to fit each player to a division, and sometimes do so intra-season. An important consideration for prospective new players – we are not set up to be a ‘learn to play’ league. There is a minimum standard for skating ability and knowledge of the game, this being important for many reasons including player safety.
All games are local and are played Monday to Thursday evenings with game start times ranging from 6:30 to 10:30 pm, and Sunday 3:30 to 5:00 pm start times.
There are no slapshots allowed and body checking is prohibited. Each game is overseen by two referees.
More details about the league on the About Us page.