Red Deer U15 AAA Rebels defenceman Dylan Ronald fakes a shot and cuts around the Leduc Oil Kings defender before scoring a goal during a game between the two squads at Servus Arena Saturday. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)

Hockey Alberta cancels remainder of AAA, AA seasons

Fate of Junior B, C, and Senior leagues to be determined by Feb. 8

Hockey Alberta has cancelled AAA and AA play for the remainder of the 2020-21 season.

The announcement came Tuesday, as a result of the province’s step-by-step reopening that will take place over the next several months.

Most AAA and AA leagues that did start this fall, were put on pause in November when the province enacted restrictions related to COVID-19.

“Hockey Alberta is disappointed by the government’s announcement. Our senior leadership team has been involved in ongoing discussions on what a safe and inclusive relaunch plan could look like for our sport,” the organization said in a statement on their website Tuesday.

“Hockey Alberta will continue working with government and health officials to develop a relaunch plan that allows for hockey activities and keeps our youth active for their physical and mental well-being.”

The Alberta Female Hockey League, the Alberta Elite Hockey League and the Rural & Edmonton Minor Hockey League which includes Central Alberta teams are all included in the decision.

The organization said they are exploring the possibility to provide a spring development season when Step 2 of the government’s “A Path Forward” plan comes into effect.

Hockey Alberta will make a decision on return to play for Junior B, C and Senior Leagues by Feb. 8.



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