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Covid-19 Info

Minnesota Hockey To Retire COVID-19 Rules May 28

Minnesota Hockey announced today it will retire its COVID-19 Rules and Guidelines document on May 28, in conjunction with the State of Minnesota removing restrictions on occupancy and social distancing.

Associations must still follow any mandates by the State of Minnesota, including the requirement of a mask at all times while indoors until July 1 or the state announces its removal in accordance with vaccination goals, and any requirements implemented by local government and health authorities.

The COVID-19 guidelines will remain available for reference for a period of time as many components of the document are still considered best practices.

Minnesota Hockey would like to once again thank all the players, parents, coaches, officials and volunteers who made extraordinary sacrifices to adhere to safety measures and limit the spread of COVID-19 over the past 15 months. We look forward to a far more normal offseason and 2021-22 season.


MN Hockey Covid News and Resource (Link)   •  Covid Hotline Phone Number: 651-201-3920

below are the most recent policies and procedures

D2 Rinks - Policy and Procedure Guidelines

As all of our communities are impacted by Covid-19 in unique ways, D2 Hockey is dedicated to keeping our members and guests of the organization as safe as possible. 

Information in regard to individual rink Covid-19 policies and procedures will be added as they are submitted to this page...

FYI: Ramsey County operates 13 sheets of ice and one indoor turf facility at 11 arena locations.  Rinks include: Aldrich, Biff Adams, Charles M. Schulz-Highland, Gustafson-Phalen, Harding, Ken Yackel-West Side, Oscar Johnson, Pleasant, Shoreview, TCO Sports Garden-Vadnais, White Bear Arena.

Phase 5 Return to Play  Rules and Guidelines (1-7-21)

PHASE 5 TO START JANUARY 14 - Minnesota Hockey today announced its guidance for Phase 5, which will go into effect on Thursday, January 14 when games may resume. Key highlights of Phase 5 include:

  • One spectator per player may be allowed at practices but should still be limited as much as possible. 
  • A maximum of two spectators per player will be allowed for games, with exceptions for parents or guardians who must bring in young children.
  • Three coaches will be allowed on the bench during games
  • No resurfacing during games (between periods).
  • Tournaments may occur.
  • Inter-state travel must be approved by the appropriate District Director and is strongly discouraged, with the exception of border towns.

The complete Phase 5 Return to Play Rules & Guidelines document is available here. The latest youth sports guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health is available here.

MDH Frequently Asked Questions

Many questions have been received since the Minnesota Department of Health released its latest guidance on December 28, particularly related to the requirement of masks during participation. Attached are answers to some of the most common topics, many of which have been provided by MDH.

Mask/Splash Guard Guidelines

Minnesota Hockey has worked with the Minnesota Department of Health to validate the use of certain face masks or splash guards. These types of masks have also been approved by the Hockey Equipment Certification Council (HECC) during practice and game play.

See the COVID tab for much more information.

Return to Play Update

Return to Play Phase 5

Each association should have its own plan in place for returning to the rink. Local rinks and associations must follow the guidelines set forth by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and its Guidance for Social Distancing, as well as local government officials in determining when, and how, it is appropriate to return to the rinks, including requirements or guidelines for physical distancing, size of gatherings or number of people permitted in a facility, or wearing masks, etc.

The information in this document is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. The knowledge and circumstances around COVID-19 are changing constantly and, as such, Minnesota Hockey makes no representation and assumes no responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of this information.

As you plan for a return to the ice, below are some ideas to consider to assist with developing a return to hockey programming in context of COVID-19. As conditions and requirements may vary throughout the state, associations must follow local government guidelines in addition to recommendations from the CDC and MDH. Until COVID-19 is either eradicated, a vaccine is developed, or a cure is found, there is no way of completely eliminating the risk of infection.

We are thankful to all of those essential workers and first responders who are guiding us and keeping us safe and healthy during this pandemic. Remember that we can contribute to helping eliminate COVID-19 by doing these five things:

  1. Physical Distance

  2. Wear a Cloth Mask/Face Covering

  3. Wash Hands and Practice Safe Hygiene Habits

  4. Clean Surfaces & Equipment between uses

  5. Staying Home When Sick Or Experiencing Any Symptoms

Minnesota Hockey will open programming in phases, which are subject to change at all times. They are also subject to restrictions placed by state or local governments.

*The latest updates to this document from its original form are shown in red font.  Full Information Here

Additional resources

Mn Officials Release Covid-19 Preparedness Plan

By Minnesota Hockey, 09/10/20, 9:15AM CDT      The Minnesota Hockey Officials Association (MHOA) has released is COVID-19 preparedness plan for the 2020-21 season. Minnesota Hockey is united with MHOA in their commitment to keeping every official safe along with the players, coaches and spectators as we return to play.   LINK

MN Guidelines for Confirmed Covid Cases

Minnesota Hockey announced today a set of guidelines for managing confirmed COVID-19 cases. The guidelines are intended to assist associations in creating their own emergency and alert plans for confirmed positive cases among their members.  LINK

USA Hockey - Safe to Play 2020

(As of Nov 7, 2020) As USA Hockey continues adapting to the coronavirus situation, the safety of participants always remains our top priority. USA Hockey will sanction hockey for the 2020-21 season and medical experts have confirmed that with taking appropriate precautions, it is indeed safe to play hockey today. LINK