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A Message for Parents

By USA Hockey, 08/26/20, 11:15AM CDT


Ice hockey is an important vehicle to keep our kids physically active and happy. During this time of COVID-19, our medical professionals have advised us that hockey can be played safely, of course taking appropriate precautions.


  • Hockey players are covered head to toe in protective equipment.
    • No skin-to-skin contact
    • There is no shared equipment
  • Rinks have been diligent in implementing cleaning and safety protocols.
  • Practice and play formats are being designed to adapt appropriately to local/state guidelines.
  • Rinks have significant HVAC systems that circulate fresh air on a regular basis.
  • Studies show players in ice hockey are within a six-foot radius of another player for less than three minutes per game. Players are on average in “immediate proximity” (actual contact with another player) for under two seconds per game.
  • Due to the fast pace of skating, air flow for the athlete is circulated at a higher rate.

The facemask worn on the hockey helmet by a player is a personal choice. Full clear face shields may provide additional viral transmission protection.

As we continue to provide safe and healthy lifestyle options for our families, we invite your family back to the rink. If you haven't already, to get started, register with USA Hockey.