Return to Hockey Plan: Players and Coaches, News (Sault Major Hockey)

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Return to Hockey Plan: Players and Coaches
Submitted By Sault Major Hockey Association on Tuesday, September 1, 2020
To our membership,

We hope that everyone is doing well and are staying safe in this very unique situation that we are all a part of.  We would like to thank everyone for their patience in waiting for the direction of hockey this coming season.  

As we plan for the upcoming season, please understand that things are going to be different.  Our first priority at the Sault Major Hockey Association, is to make sure that all players and staff are allowed to participate in a safe environment, while following all local, provincial and federal regulations along with the proper return to play protocols that have been released by Hockey Canada, the Ontario Hockey Federation and the NOHA.  

Although things are changing almost weekly, we do not anticipate regular full hockey programming for some time.  Hockey Canada will be reviewing their guidelines constantly and have stated they will be releasing updates every 4 weeks. After this initial session, we hope to be able to offer something in the new year as well.


Sault Major’s initial program offering is to run 12 weeks.

Start Date:  Sept 20th ::: End Date: Dec. 12th

Game Dates:  will commence the week of Oct. 4th.

In this ‘non-traditional’ hockey format there are no teams or carding for the time being. Again, there are NO teams and there is NO carding.  All of our teams that existed in Sault Major last year, do not exist to start this season.  We are allowed by Hockey Canada, the OHF and the NOHA to offer training and ice sessions in the forms of pods, keeping in mind that we need to be ready to fall back to the ‘traditional’ style of hockey and carding system when/if we are directed to do so. 


Players that sign up will be placed in pods with regards to similar skill sets and age levels.  Depending on registration numbers, all groupings at all levels will be decided by coaches and administration.


Sault Major will be offering programs that will include pods and a “tiered” system as well as being able to offer a ‘non-traditional’ hockey games format in the form of 3 v 3 and possibly 4 v 4, following Hockey Canada return to play guidelines. 


Click on this link to see the initial 2020-21 Sault Major Hockey Return to Play Structure: RETURN_TO_PLAY_FORMAT.pdf


Ice sessions will be led by all selected Sault Major coaches.  

Sault Major will be accepting registrations for:


U18 (includes 2003, 2004, 2005 birth years)-(formerly known as Midget) 

   NOTE:  - 2002 birth years welcome here as well for this unique season

U15 (includes 2006, 2007 birth years)-(formerly known as Bantam)            

U13 (includes 2008, 2009 birth years)-(formerly known as Pee Wee)

U11 (includes 2010, 2011 birth years)-(formerly known as Atom)


Parents/Guardians that are registering your players please complete the following 2 items. It is important that BOTH are completed.


1.    Level of Interest Link:

-follow this link to select the level of Interest your player wants to participate at
Level of Interest

2.   Registration Link:(Hockey Canada Registry)

            (if you have not done so already, please register here)


Coaching Interest:

For those coaches interested in these ice sessions and running a bench for the games, please submit your names to Sault Major Hockey Association registrar: Angel Barbisan by email: [email protected]


For those living outside of Sault Ste Marie, or those with questions or difficulties regarding registration, please contact Sault Major Hockey Association registrar: Angel Barbisan by email: [email protected]

We are working closely with the city and Algoma Public Health to ensure that our facilities are properly prepared for use.

Thank you for your patience and understanding in this unique and challenging time for all of us.

Sault Major Hockey Association


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