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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Latest Update: March 20, 2020

As USA Hockey continues adapting to the coronavirus situation, the safety of participants always remains our top priority. Thank you to all players, parents, coaches, officials, administrators and volunteers for your continued passion and support for hockey in the United States and we’re all looking forward to returning to more normal times as soon as possible. In the meantime, all updates related to the coronavirus situation can be found here.

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Friday, March 20, 2020

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado –  USA Hockey announced today the revision of its national player development plans for 2020 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic as detailed below.

  • USA Hockey has canceled the 2020 Boys Select 15 National Camp (2005 birth year)
  • USA Hockey has canceled the 2020 Girls 15 National Camp (2005 birth year)
  • USA Hockey has canceled the 2020 Girls 16/17 National Camp (2003/2004 birth years)
  • USA Hockey will tentatively conduct the Boys Select 16 (2004 birth year) and 17 (2003 birth year) National Camps and the Girls Under-18 Select National Camp (2003, 2004, 2005 birth years)
    • The Boys Select 17 National Camp is tentatively set for June 24 – July 1, 2020 in Amherst, New York. The U.S. Under-18 Men’s Select Team will be selected from the camp set to compete in the 2020 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, in August. Player invitations for this camp will be extended by June 1.
    • The Boys Select 16 National Camp is tentatively set for July 7-13, 2020, in Amherst, New York. The U.S. Under-17 Men’s Select Team will be selected from the camp set to compete in the 2020 Five Nations Tournament, in August. Player invitations for this camp will be extended by June 8.
    • The Girls Under-18 Select National Camp is tentatively set for July 15-21, 2020, in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Approximately 30 players will be selected from this camp to participate in the 2020 Under-18 National Team Festival, in August. Player invitations for this camp will be extended by June 1.

In addition, USA Hockey strongly recommends the cancellation of all affiliate tryouts, district tryouts, district/multi-district development camps for all birth years for the spring and summer of 2020.

“Our number one priority is the safety of our players, officials, coaches, volunteers and families involved,” said Kevin McLaughlin, assistant executive director of hockey development for USA Hockey. “We estimate roughly 9,000 individuals or families are involved in these activities across the country and with the uncertainty of the coronavirus situation we all face and the logistics involved with these events, the leaders in our organization from across the country felt it was important to make a decision now that had best interests of everyone involved, with safety being at the forefront.”

McLaughlin noted that decision to tentatively hold the Boys Select 16 and 17 National Camps and Girls Under-18 Selection National Camp will continue to be reviewed daily and that invitations to those camps, if they are ultimately held, will come from USA Hockey’s national office, with input from USA Hockey coaches, scouts, district player development representatives and other hockey personnel.

USA Hockey will continue to post updates related to the coronavirus situation at USAHockey.com.

NOTES: In addition to the player development camps listed above, USA Hockey has canceled the National Team Development Program tryout camp.

FAQ -- Revision of Player Development Plans for 2020

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

USA Hockey continues to guide its members to follow local health and medical professionals, and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization, in making educated decisions during the current coronavirus situation we are all facing.

As was previously announced, USA Hockey has cancelled its National Championships and Disabled Festival. We will continue to use this site to provide updates regarding any disruption of other national-level scheduled events as needed.

There are wide-ranging activities conducted throughout the U.S. at the local level that include USA Hockey members that are not national-level events and are operated by districts, affiliates, local associations or even private operators. The decisions relative to those events are made at the local level and we continue to encourage all involved to engage with local health and medical professionals, and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization, in making educated decisions. 

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

FAQ -- Cancelation of USA Hockey's Nationals, Disabled Festival

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Update: 8:20 p.m. MT

USA HOCKEY CANCELS NATIONALS/DISABLED FESTIVAL

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Hockey announced tonight it has canceled its series of upcoming National Championships, including high school, youth, girls, adult and sled, that were set to begin in various locations across the country on March 26. In addition, the organization also announced it has canceled its Disabled Hockey Festival, which was set to take place over two weekends (March 26-29 and April 2-5) in Pittsburgh, Penn.

“Safety of our participants has always been our top priority and with the current coronavirus situation, our executive committee unanimously decided to cancel these national events,” said Jim Smith, president of USA Hockey. 

“We felt it was important to get the news of the cancellation out immediately,” said Pat Kelleher, executive director of USA Hockey. “We’re sure there will be many questions and we appreciate everyone’s patience as we together work through this unprecedented situation.

“While we're disappointed that we had to make this decision, we celebrate the success of USA Hockey teams across the country this year, as well as the time and effort so many people invested into these signature events. We’re thankful to our national sponsors, tournament directors, volunteers and so many others for their support in making hockey an enjoyable experience for all.”

USA Hockey will continue to provides updates regularly on the coronavirus situation at USAHockey.com.

NOTE: There are games/tournaments played throughout the U.S. at the local level that include USA Hockey members that are not national-level events and are operated by districts, affiliates, local associations or even private operators. The decisions relative to those events are made at the local level. We continue to encourage all involved to engage with local health and medical professionals, and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization, in making educated decisions.

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TO: All Members and Stakeholders Engaged in Hosting USA Hockey National Level Events

FROM: Pat Kelleher, Executive Director, USA Hockey & Jim Smith, President, USA Hockey

SUBJECT: Coronavirus Update

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to evolve, we remain diligent in the daily and indeed hourly review of information with our medical experts and stakeholders as we evaluate the staging of upcoming USA Hockey national level events, including our series of National Championships, the Disabled Festival and Adult Classics.

We encourage you to visit USAHockey.com daily for the most updated information.

The situation continues to change rapidly and we appreciate the patience and understanding of everyone involved. In the end, the safety of all those involved remains our top priority.

It is worth noting that there are many other games/tournaments that may include USA Hockey members that are not national-level events and are operated by districts, affiliates, local associations or even private operators. The decisions relative to those events are made at the local level. We continue to encourage all involved to engage with local health department professionals, and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization, in making educated decisions.


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