URGENT NOTICE – STATE TOURNAMENTS CANCELLED
March 11, 2020
To Our NYSAHA Hockey Community:
NYSAHA has just been informed by USA Hockey that it has decided to cancel all national tournaments due to concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19), concerns that, nationwide, have led to governmental directives requiring local tournaments to be canceled or curtailed; played in rinks and/or rink facilities emptied of all families and spectators; and other significant restrictions. The cancelation of nationals was, in the final analysis, taken to avoid putting at risk our players, coaches, officials and others by traveling to and attending nationals.
Other major hockey tournaments have already been canceled, and similar cancelations have occurred and are being considered in other sports; to say nothing of similar actions being taken by businesses, schools and colleges, governmental offices, houses of worship and other venues and events.
Given the above, the Board of Directors of NYSAHA has decided to follow the lead of USA Hockey and cancel our remaining State tournaments this season due to safety concerns and governmental directives aimed at stemming the spread of and threats associated with coronavirus. These concerns are exceptionally serious, and the Board notes that the World Health Organization today declared coronavirus to be a global pandemic.
The Board has taken this action with the utmost sadness for our many players hoping to play in our States and perhaps advance to nationals, and for their families and friends hoping to watch that happen. However, with advancement to nationals no longer a consideration, the safety of our game and its participants must be our only priority at this time. The Board wishes everyone a safe and healthy Spring and Summer, and hopes that next season we can avoid the disruptions we have experienced over the past few months.
On behalf of the Board of Directors,
New York State Amateur Hockey Association, Inc.
Joe Baudo President