MHA will be offering 8 FREE developmental clinics for MHA House goalies. Tri-Valley Goaltending will be providing the instruction. The goal of these station-based clinics is to advance positional understanding and the fundamental aspects of ice hockey goaltending. Ages 7-16 welcome. Access the registration link through 'Goalie Development' under 'Programs', or use the link on the home page.
According to the CDC, Alaska is one of the top states for COVID transmission. MHA is concerned with the risk of COVID exposure given the number of COVID cases currently overwhelming our local medical facilities. The ability to provide medical services is at a serious tipping point, with additional medical personnel being sent in to reinforce our exhausted professionals. We must do whatever we can to minimize the spread of COVID, preserving these resources and keeping hockey open.
The proven COVID mitigation strategies of wearing masks, social distancing, and getting vaccinated assist in keeping retransmission rates low. At this time, MHA's COVID mitigation plan only requires minimizing time spent in locker rooms, as well as reporting positive cases and close contacts to team managers and the MHA Board. While there will be no additional restrictions implemented at this time, if the number of positive cases and close contacts continue to rise, putting entire teams in quarantine, we will have to consider additional measures. These measures may include a requirement of masks in locker rooms to reduce the number close contacts. We do not want a season like last year with no spectators and no locker rooms, as well as masks on the ice. Please practice caution and work to keep not just MHA members healthy, but all of our community.
We must each do our part to keep hockey open. Thank you! MHA Board
We are super excited at MHA with our new partnership with JOG Athletics. They will be providing our jersey kits association-wide, as well as opportunities to buy additional team apparel and bags. They are fully customizable and crafted from eco-friendly materials. In September's USA Hockey magazine they were listed as a top choice for purchasing uniforms. You can access the digital edition of USA Hockey magazine HERE.
The following is a summary of rule changes adopted by the USA Hockey Board of Directors on June 12, 2021. These changes will go into effect starting with the 2021-22 playing season through the 2024-25 playing season. Most notable changes: icing, off-sides, and number of penalties allowed.