No hockey tournaments in 2020-2021?
That became a real possibility when the Ontario Hockey Federation put a hiatus on tournament registration this month and asked organizers to return any money that had already been paid to secure a spot.
“The thought was: Let’s put things on hold,” Tony Martindale, executive director of Alliance Hockey, said. “We didn’t have spring tryouts and the economic uncertainty means you can’t tap into the 17 to 18 families on your team to start some summer fundraising.
“It all trickles down to the participant and they’re the ones who have to pay the bills eventually.”
The Drew Doughty London Jr. Knights U10/U11 invitational tournament has quickly become one of the world’s top atom-aged events. It has already received applications from more than 20 teams and is still slated for Oct. 15-18.
“We’re proceeding as if we’re going to have it,” said Paul Doughty, Drew’s father and one of the organizers, “and if we can’t, then we already have all the stuff we need and we don’t have to get it next year.