Nepean Minor Hockey Association



NMHA News Feb 2021


The NMHA is pleased to announce the start of our Winter Program beginning February 16.
You will be notified in the next few days regarding your first session.

As the program is now underway, those members with February installments, the payments will be processed February 14.
Since the program is starting with a maximum of 25 on the ice, our previously announced refund policy will apply.

If you choose to withdraw before the start of the program, you must notify Janet Shouldice at no later than Monday February 15.
We look forward to seeing the players back on the ice.
Please stay safe.
NMHA Executive

Jan 2021 NMHA-News

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The NMHA is pleased to offer a second session that will run from January 9th to April 3rd. 

This 12-week session will run similar to the fall session.


->2x50 minute ice times a week for U9 to U18 (are we offering once per week for U18). U7 will be offered 1 development session per week plus a mini game every other week.

->Skills, drills and light scrimmages will be the on-ice activities.

->No physical contact between players; proper distances must be maintained even on the bench and in scrimmage play.

->Players are assigned to a “bubble”.  We will attempt to assign based on their previous level (last season) from AA to House C, however, registration numbers may dictate assignment to another bubble. No sort-outs or tryouts. For those registered in the fall session – your teams and bubbles will very likely change.

Should the Province and/or Ottawa Public Health (OPH) place us into restrictive mode, each team will drop to one ice time per week (there will be no credit for the reduction in ice time). U7 and U18 (once a week programs) will move to every other week. Please read the complete refund policy below before registering.

Registration is now open.
How to Register:
As the office remains closed, we can only accept online registrations. We will be offering an installment plan.

Because of the reduced number of ice pads in the City of Ottawa and because of the potential of restrictive mode being implemented, NMHA reserves the right to close registration at any time and start a waitlist. Registration is on a first-come first-serve basis.

REFUND – Please read BEFORE registering your players:
In the event you withdraw your child:

->50% of the registration will be reimbursed if you withdraw before January 9thth 2021

->25% of the registration will be reimbursed if you withdraw between Jan 9thth and January 31st, 2021

->No refund or credit will be provided for all withdrawals after Jan 31st.

Confirmed or suspected case in your bubble or self-isolating:
No credit or refund will be issued if your hockey bubble must self isolate because of a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19. Nor will there be a refund or credit if your player is self-isolating because of close contact exposure outside of hockey.

Province/OPH shuts down hockey:

In the event the session does not start or the session is cut short because of provincial regulations; refunds or credits will be determined after the financial obligations of the association have been met.

Restrictive Mode:

Should we go into restrictive mode, (previous modified stage 2 with max. 10 people on ice, including coaches), where we offer once a week ice time per team (once every two weeks for once a week programs); there will be no option to opt-out. Should you choose to withdraw our standard refund policy will be in effect.  

NMHA Executive



Details of the Program:
We will be offering the following program.

->2x50 minute ice times a week (an added 1 session per week program will be offered for both U7 (Initiation} and U18 (Midget) players only).
->Skills, drills and light scrimmages will be the on-ice activities.
->No officials.
->Players must arrive fully dressed. Dressing rooms can be used only for tying skates.
->It is mandatory that all individuals wear a mask in public places of the facility including the bench area. While recommended, a mask is not required when on the ice for players. Masks are required on-ice for coaches and parent volunteers.
->Jerseys and socks will not be provided for this program.  Players will be asked to have a white (light) and dark (black) practice jersey for scrimmaging. These can be obtained from our NMHA vendors at a reasonable cost.
->No physical contact between players; proper distances must be maintained even on the bench and in scrimmage play.
->Maximum 40 skaters per “bubble” (allows for 4x10 member teams for some variety in scrimmages and filling in for vacancies, particularly with goaltenders).
->Program starts in January ends at the end of March/first few days of April. ->Players are assigned to a “bubble”.  We will attempt to assign based on their previous level (last season) from AA to House C, however, registration numbers may dictate assignment to another bubble. No sort-outs or tryouts. For those registered in the fall session – your teams and bubbles will very likely change.
->Maximum 2 coaches and 1 trainer will be assigned to a “bubble” for all levels other than U7.
->Parent volunteers may be assigned to a “bubble” for dressing room security etc.
->No player/coach/parent movement between bubbles can occur (e.g., no coaching/volunteering for two teams at different levels, no affiliation).


Health and Security Protocols

->The NMHA and all members must follow all the health protocols mandated by the Ontario Government, Ottawa Public Health, and the City of Ottawa at all times with no exceptions.
->Players/coaches/volunteers/parents will be required to submit to a wellness questionnaire prior to entering the facility before each session.
->Should the NMHA become aware of a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 we will follow direction from OPH and may have to shut down teams/bubbles if required.


COVID regulations -NMHA News- Nov 5, 2020

In light of the changes made to the COVID-19 guidelines announced by the province earlier this week, the NMHA Board has met to work out the detaIn light of the changes made to the COVID-19 guidelines announced by the province earlier this week, the NMHA Board has met to work out the details of our return to play. We will be back on the ice Nov 7th, the schedule has been posted to Nov 15th.

The following changes mandated by the City that impact our program are:

1.  25 participants on the ice (including coaches, trainers)
2.  Dressing rooms will be open again but subjected to room occupancy restrictions
3.  As of November 7th, a ratio of 1:1 participant to parent/guardian will be permitted in the arena for the supervision of children, to a maximum of 25 per booking. No spectators will be permitted with the exception of this 1:1 parent/guardian. 

Please note, we have been advised that these regulations are subject to change with limited notice.

In light of these changes, NMHA will be doing the following

1.  Reverting back to the original teams and schedule - some restructuring will be needed for those teams that have more than 10 players on them to meet the 25 participants (including coaches) restriction 
2.  The schedule will pick up where we left off at the pause and teams can expect to be back on the ice on Saturday and we will run as scheduled until the end of December.
3.  Scrimmages and modified games will now be permitted
4.  We will be crediting players for the missed ice times during the pause - more information will be coming shortly. 
5.  A parent or guardian may accompany their player into the facility on a 1:1 ratio.  NO ADDITIONAL family members will be permitted (ie younger siblings etc)
6.  Any member who submitted their intention to withdraw if we remained at Stage 2 restrictions will be void as we are now reverting back to a Stage 3 type format
7.  Should you still wish to withdraw your player, the original refund policy will apply (as per the email sent Oct 31st) that was in effect prior to the pause - that will mean a 25% refund.

An email regarding arena guidelines will be sent shortly

We appreciate your patience as we work through these changes.  We will keep you informed of changes as we receive them. 


Brenda Neumann
Nepean Minor Hockey Association


COVID regulations -NMHA News- Oct 31, 2020


In light of the updated COVID regulations imposed  October 14, 2020,  by the Province of Ontario and City of Ottawa, limiting the number of participants permitted  in facilities and on the ice, the NMHA Board of Directors made the difficult decision to pause our development program until we could safely return to hockey.

The NMHA Board has met frequently and has developed an alternate program that will allow our members to get back on the ice and that fits within the restrictions mentioned above. Our goal from the beginning of this unique season was to offer players the opportunity to return to hockey in a safe environment and enjoy the sport about which we are all passionate. This principle guided the development of this new program.

If we do not go back to Stage 3 by November 7th, our new program will impact our hockey scheduling as follows:

  • We will be extending the current session into January to make up for the ice lost during our pause.  
  • Players will be on the ice once a week. (U18 & U7 once a week will return every other week)
  • We will restructure our development bubbles to ensure that we adhere to the restriction of a maximum of 9 players plus one coach on the ice. Note a trainer is permitted on the bench and does not count in the number allowed.

In light of these adjustments we are offering our membership one of two options:

  • Continue with the season in this modified format. We expect that players will be on the ice less than originally planned as a direct result of the restrictions.  We continue to explore options to allow for additional ice times. Should you choose to continue under the new model do not expect to be on the same team or in the same bubble as you were in before the pause in programming. As per the Stage 2 order spectators will not be permitted. There will be no adjustment to the fees paid if you choose to continue.
  • Withdraw for the remainder of the session:  Considering the above changes, we realize that some may not want to continue in our programming and we fully support your decision.  In light of the adjusted program, we are amending our refund policy for this situation only and any participant wishing to withdraw from the remaining sessions will receive a refund as follows. U18x2, U9, U11, U13, U15 - $240, U18x1 - $125, U7 - $200

    You may also choose to have a credit applied to your account for the next session. This new refund structure will only be for those who submit their intention to withdraw from the program should we remain at Stage 2. Members will have until end of day November 3rd to submit their intent. If you withdraw after the November 3rd deadline, our original refund policy remains in effect. If we move to Stage 3 and you withdraw at any time, our original refund policy applies.

Please submit your intentions to withdraw to and your refund/credit will be processed after November 7th pending the Provincial announcement.

We hope that everyone will be patient and understanding as we navigate through this process until we resume regular programming once the restrictions are lifted.


Covid Notice-Effective Immediately

Today, the NMHA received more details on the Province of Ontario’s modified stage-two restrictions being imposed on the City of Ottawa. 

Regrettably, these restrictions make it unsustainable for the association to continue its programming. 
As such, effective 12:01 am Thursday October 15, the NMHA is pausing all of its programming for the duration of the emergency order that was issued last week by the Province.  If and when programming resumes, we anticipate the current format will continue where we left off. 
As this is an on-going development, the Board needs time to assess the financial impact and will provide further communication about this topic at a later date. 
We know this is very disheartening news for many of our members and kindly ask for your patience and understanding as we actively navigate the next steps. We look forward to welcoming the players back on the ice as soon as it is safe and feasible.

City or Ottawa restrictions:

Effective Immediately: All coaching and bench staff to Wear Masks.

The NMHA Board has passed a motion which now mandates all coaching and bench staff to wear masks while on the ice. As such, coaching, bench staff and all volunteers are required to properly wear masks from the time of arrival at the arena outside entrance to the time of leaving the arena (i.e. the parking lot). Failure to comply may result in disciplinary measures.


Ladies and Gentlemen

By now most of you will have heard on Saturday, the GTHL announced a postponement of sanctioned activities until January 2021. This decision was a local one based on the circumstances present in their area of operations.

Understandably, many of you are asking if HEO will be following their lead and making a similar announcement. At this time, our plan is to continue to follow the process that we have communicated through our Return to Hockey plan. Stated plainly, HEO has no plans at this time to postpone operations.

Throughout the past several weeks, we have remained in close contact with the four public health units within HEO territory and, along with the HEO Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kristian Goulet, continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation very closely. We understand that the recent increase in cases is concerning and we may need to adjust our approach if the situation continues to worsen.

Our commitment to you is to keep you apprised of any changes and ensure you are notified prior to a broader communication.

Gary Hopkins
President - Hockey Eastern Ontario

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