Letter to MMJHL Membership Re: COVID-19

March 18, 2020

Good Morning All. By now you are aware that Hockey Manitoba/Hockey Canada have cancelled the 2019-2020 season due to the ongoing concerns and spread of COVID-19. 

All City of Winnipeg rinks are having the ice removed and arenas will be closed until further notice. 

The MMJHL has as social responsibility to respect what is going on in our communities as we want to keep our players, management, support staff and fans safe for the spread if the COVID-19 virus.

I was on a Hockey Manitoba conference call last night and here are some quick notes…

  • The language in the beginning went from suspended to postponed to cancelled.
  • All Hockey Canada and Hockey programs are cancelled.
  • This all started with the World Women’s championship in Halifax
  • Last Wednesday was the beginning of sports being cancelled across North America with the NBA postponing their season followed on Thursday with the NHL putting their season on “pause”.
  • Last Thursday March 12th marked the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Manitoba
  • March 12, Hockey had a conference call in the morning, and all was still a go, then in the early evening they had a second call with their first action, and sent out a letter to their Membership (including the MMJHL) at 7:20 p.m. (Vic’s, Twins and officials were ready to go plus the fans were in the building).
  • March 13 Hockey Manitoba sent a memo to all Members cancelling the season. Lots of questions have been flowing into Hockey Manitoba asking questions and wanting clarification. (hence the reason for the conference call with the league reps. last night).
  • There is a Hockey Canada meeting April 15th. Might be a remote conference call. TBD.
  • Hockey Manitoba will have an update on their AGM next week.
  • Hockey Manitoba wants meeting to be done remotely if possible or limit the size of the gathering.
  • All future events on hold until further notice.
  • Decision looking way out to next season has not been determined. 
  • Hockey Manitoba personal will all be working remotely, and the Hockey Manitoba is closed.

I would like to thank our Membership for their patience during this trying time. We will provide all updates as they become available.  As a note, at the same time the conference call on last night our executive met, and those notes will come out later from Renee. I was not in attendance as I was travelling in the US and must now stay home for 14 days. 

Renee is building the agenda for the next meeting or conference call. Please send any items into Renee that you want added.

Sincerely

Kerry Lines

MMJHL President

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The Fish Report

Sunday March 8, 2020

Final: 3-0 Twisters

So Endeth the Regular Season.

Although we fell to the Twisters to finish off our schedule, we can take away a few things upon which to build going into the playoffs against them.

1) After being outshot 18-12 in the first period, we outshot them 29-17 for the rest of the game…our work effort was evident, we got numerous pucks to their net and were battling all game to get on the scoresheet.

2) We have gotten under the Twisters’ skin. They get frustrated by our tenacity and gave us five power play opportunities last night. Although our PP has been unfulfilled, of late, it feels like once we break through with a man-advantage marker, the floodgates will open.

3) We have beaten them in their own barn this season. We have proven to ourselves that we have the means and the manpower to give ourselves a fighting chance in our upcoming playoff series against them.

The Twisters are a talented bunch but they do have an Achilles Heel. The more body contact they receive, the less discipline they exhibit. They seem more intent on retaliation than self-control. It could be their undoing.

Last night Mulligan totally got under Pembina’s skin. He was a one-man wrecking crew and played with great energy and effort. The Twisters hacked and high-sticked Tanner a half a dozen times. Were it a different referee, we might have seen all those incidences end up with us on the power play. Petras had a spring in his step and Smith was back and looking fleet and fired-up with each shift.

We have our work cut out for us, no denying that. However, our boys have shown their resilience in battling back from our mid-season injury-fest and by stepping up their effort recently so that we are ‘in’ every game.

The playoffs always bring about a different level of play and we are ready for it. We have two healthy goalies who can both steal games with their cage magic. We have a healthy Captain who has shown poise and strength down the stretch. We have four hard-working lines who believe in each other and a solid D-core backing those lines.

All the pieces are in place…let’s engage the Twisters in a series they’ll not soon forget.

– Fishmum