OWHA Hockey Update, News (St. Thomas Panthers)

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OWHA Hockey Update
Submitted By Daemon Wilkinson on Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Parents and Players - we are all eagerly awaiting formal announcements from Hockey Canada and the OWHA outlining a return to play format.  Click on "Read More" below for full details of the current state.

The OWHA has released very specific calls to action from hockey organizations who are members of the OWHA.  Please read the article to understand their current direction.  Note - we will update our membership with news articles when they are available.

Until the return to play format and new registration process is released, we are in a holding pattern. 

What can players do?  Continue to develop your hockey skills and improve your conditioning so you are ready to hit the ice! 

Have fun, play hard, and stay safe.


  2. There are NO sanctioned OWHA Hockey Activities at this time and NO date or format under which hockey may return

    1. Options – discussion underway are driven by medical requirements such as social distancing and how hockey could go forward.

    2. Tryouts – tryouts and the creation of teams are NOT permitted until further notice.

    3. Permission to Skate forms are not available at this time. Releases may be issued but are NOT valid until such time as hockey returns.

    4. Outstanding Discipline – will be in place when hockey returns.

    5. Certification – coach certification procedures are under review and may be on- line. The HP1 course has been cancelled until further notice. There is discussion at various levels as to the certification requirements when hockey

      returns. OWHA will post any certification courses that may be taken online.

    6. Leagues – Leagues are currently on hold. The format of league schedules will likely change when hockey returns. Leagues are currently discussing options

      and are working with the OWHA office.

    7. Provincials – Provincials for 2021 are currently on hold pending the timing and

      format of the return of hockey.

    8. High Performance – the 2020 Esso Cup (Midget Female National

      Championship) was cancelled. OWHA’s May and June camps were cancelled. We are waiting final decision on summer camps and the status of the Ontario Summer Games that were scheduled to start at the end of July.

    9. Tournaments – the OWHA is NOT sanctioning tournaments at this time, nor approving team travel to tournaments outside the province. No tournament can accept registration or payment for a tournament for 2020/2021. No OWHA team may register for tournaments inside or outside Ontario. Any tournament that has already collected/accepted registration/payment from a team needs to notify the teams and return payment.


    • OWHA has not renewed its contract with IVRnet/ITSportsNet.

    • OWHA has secured an agreement with another company and has an updated

      registration/management system that has been developed and tested.

    • Notification will be sent to advise when registration will be open for individual


    • Information including a manual will be circulated to associations as soon as final details

      are completed.

    • Teams may not be formed until further notice.

    • Signatures of team participants and parents/guardians will be collected online.

  • Digital gamesheets will be available through the system.

  • League schedules and standings are available through the platform.

  • A Team app may be added to phones.

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