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MJHL holds AGM, releases Return to Play guidelines


The Manitoba Junior Hockey League held its annual general meeting, June 24, using video conferencing involving the league office and the 11 member teams.
After 18 years, Kim Davis officially stepped down as MJHL Commissioner, June 30, and Kevin Saurette stepped in as his replacement, July 1. The Rookie of the Year Award has been named the Kim Davis Trophy in his honour.
Teams will be allowed to roster a maximum of six 20-year-old players in the 2020-21 season.
The regular season is expected to begin, Sept. 25, and the full schedule is expected to be released in the coming weeks.
The MJHL submitted a Return to Play (RTP) - Phase 1 Guidelines for review by the Provincial Health Authorities - Return to Sport Review Committee and Sport Manitoba, June 19. The RTP Guidelines were approved, June 26, effective immediately.
The RTP Guidelines allow teams the opportunity to plan, promote and return to sanctioned summer activity in preparation for the upcoming season as it relates to off-ice training sessions, on-ice practice sessions, prospect camps and development camps, while following all necessary safety guidelines as outlined. Players, coaches, managers, staff, training staff and medical personnel employed by, affiliated with or invited by a MJHL team or the MJHL may attend a facility for the purposes of off-ice training activity and on-ice activity.
Return To Play - Phase 2 Guidelines will be presented for review in the coming weeks, which will include the full plan for return to hockey in September.
The complete guidelines can be found on the league website at mjhlhockey.ca.
The league has entered into a new five-year agreement with HockeyTech, which includes the full suite of leading-edge hockey-related technologies, analytics and HockeyTV broadcast platform.
The MJHL announced the 2020 MJHL Prospect Development Camp will take place once again this summer in Winnipeg at the Seven Oaks Arena Complex, July 23 to 25.
The camp provides the next generation of MJHL players with the knowledge and resources to be successful both on and off the ice, an experience of what MJHL hockey is all about, an opportunity to work with top level coaches and players and the platform to showcase themselves to coaches and scouts from all levels.
The camp is by invite only, geared towards current MJHL prospects born in the years 2003 and 2004 who are eligible to play in the MJHL in the upcoming season.
The league’s Department of Player Safety will continue to apply strict disciplinary and education measures to ensure players can play in an appropriate on-ice environment to support the successful development of athletes. The department will be responsible for visiting each team during their training camps in order to review and set expectations of compliance to the Junior A Supplement in its entirety with the players and coaching staff.
The MJHL has instituted a mandatory Team Personnel Code of Conduct, which identifies the standard of behaviour which is expected of all MJHL team personnel. This is in addition to all hockey staff members who have in-person contact with players having a completed criminal record check (CRC) for the upcoming season.
The purpose of the code of conduct is to ensure a safe and positive environment within MJHL programs, activities and events by making individuals aware that there is an expectation at all times, both on and off the ice, of appropriate behaviour consistent with the MJHL’s core values. The league and its member clubs are committed to providing an environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and in an environment free from bullying, harassment and abuse.
This code applies to all member team personnel while they are affiliated in any capacity with the MJHL including without limitation, while they are participating in any MJHL program.

Staff Writer