To our hockey families:
First and foremost, we want to wish you and your families health and safety during these tumultuous times. As we have come to learn over the past six weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting our lives in almost every way possible.
In anticipation of the governor of Illinois extending the stay at home order, the LAHC board recently held a "virtual" board meeting and decided to officially cancel the Spring hockey season. Please know this decision was not taken lightly and our number one priority is the safety and well-being of our players. As a result of this decision, if you paid your spring hockey fees, you can expect to receive a full refund over the next couple of days. To keep the players engaged during this off time, the coaches are starting to actively host zoom meetings, and have some hockey-specific workout challenges and other fun player development discussions planned.
Although we still don’t know the exact date that rinks will reopen, we currently plan to offer an aggressive summer program beginning on or about June 1st. The focus of the summer program will be on skills and conditioning in an effort to make up for the lost ice time (April and May). We also are considering scrimmages with nearby high schools for JV and Varsity teams. Again, this is subject to pending Illinois state rules and regulations pertaining to COVID-19.
Given so much uncertainty, the summer program will be offered a-la-carte so you can pay as you go. Games, practices, and drop in skates will be priced accordingly and offered to all LAHC players. Please look for an e-mail outlining the specifics of the program later in May.
Thank you for your continued support and patience during these unprecedented times. It goes without saying, we are eager to get the players back on the ice playing the game they love. For current LAHC players, I look forward to “seeing” everyone this weekend during the virtual team banquets and celebrating the end of a strong 2019-2020 season for all three teams.
Be safe and stay positive,
Michael J. Purcell
President, Loyola Academy Hockey Club