Local hockey: Kent Minor Hockey season over, Cyclones return, Michaud moves

The Kent Minor Hockey Association has cancelled the rest of the 2020-21 season.

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Kent Minor Hockey season cancelled

The Kent Minor Hockey Association has cancelled the rest of the 2020-21 season.

Executive members made the decision at their monthly meeting Tuesday.

Chatham-Kent is in the red-control level of Ontario’s colour-coded COVID-19 restrictions, so only 10 players are allowed on the ice. The limit was 20 players in December before the provincewide lockdown began.

Games and scrimmages are currently not permitted, and neither is contact. Training and skill development sessions are allowed

“With this information and no way of determining how long we would remain in the red zone, the executive made the difficult decision to cancel the balance of our season,” said a message on the KMHA website.

Registration fees will be refunded for the second session.

“The executive wishes to thank all the players and their families for their patience during these very uncertain times,” said the message. “Be safe, have a great summer and we will see you back on the ice in September.”


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The Windsor Minor Hockey Association has also ended its season with Windsor-Essex in red, the second-highest of Ontario’s five levels.

Cyclones hoping to play again

With Chatham-Kent’s municipal arenas set to reopen Saturday, the Chatham-Kent AAA Cyclones plan to resume training.

“We are very excited to get the kids back on the ice,” Cyclones president Jack Brown said in a statement. “… With Chatham-Kent currently being a red COVID zone our programming will revert back to how we started in the summer.

“We will have limited numbers of players on the ice, we will be required to maintain physical distancing in all areas of the arena, (and) … we will not be able to participate in scrimmages and will only be conducting skill skates.”

Change rooms are unavailable, so players have to arrive at the arena wearing as much equipment as possible.

“Once Chatham-Kent is downgraded to orange or below, we will resume normal programming as we were accustomed to, and with any luck, start up some game play vs. the Lambton Jr. Sting in early March,” Brown said.

Michaud, Maine move to NOJHL

Two ex-Chatham Maroons forwards – Thomas Michaud of Blenheim  and Josh Maine – were acquired by the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Blind River Beavers on Tuesday from the Leamington Flyers.

The NOJHL hasn’t played a game since Dec. 22. League and public health officials continue to work on a return-to-play plan.

Michaud, 20, was set to be a Flyers assistant captain this season after setting career-highs last season with 24 goals and 42 points in 42 games. He was also the Flyers’ top playoff scorer with seven points in five games.

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