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    Phase 5 Return to Play Guidelines

    Minnesota Hockey has 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.

    Update: January 12

    Minnesota Hockey released the first update to the Return to Play Guidelines - Phase 5 on January 12.   Below is information pertaining to those changes along with a few miscellaneous updates.  

    The updated version is attached and key changes include:

    • Strongly discouraging locker room use, but no longer preventing it
    • Allowing for small drawstring bags or small backpacks to carry smaller items
    • Allowing goaltenders in 15 minutes before scheduled ice times as opposed to 10

    Additionally, Minnesota Hockey wanted to address the number of questions they've received regarding the two spectators rule. They  understand there are challenges with that limit and below is the main rationale. 

    • MDH strongly recommends a limit of 1 or 2 spectators per player
    • It simplifies contact tracing as each team can monitor who attends their games and have easily accessible contact tracing, rather than requiring a pre-event registration system for every game. 
    • It aligns with the rules this fall for spectators.

    Skating Lessons

    Diondra Gottsch will be offering skating lessons on Sunday evenings from 6-7 pm on the outdoor rink at the Breezy Point Arena.  See the link below for details and registration.  Open to all ages.

    Outdoor Rinks Are Open Too!

    Don't forget we have some great outdoor rinks available to us!  

    • Aitkin
    • Breezy
    • Nisswa

    Check-In Protocol

    Click on the video for instructions on how to check-in for your NLYHA activity - ice, dryland, game, etc.

    Visit the Team page for that Team's specific check-in link.

    Support Our Partners

    With restaurant restrictions in place, many of our charitable gambling partners are open for business.  Charitable gambling is a major revenue source for us and we appreciate every establishments partnership and support!    Thank you for showing your support by visiting and telling your friends and family!   


    USA Hockey Player Safety Declarations

    Equipment Needs?

    Check out the resources available you to that are close to home!

    • Paulbeck's County Market in Aitkin carries Howie's products.
    • Integral Hockey Brainerd can help with broken sticks or used ones.  

    Check out the links below.  Both are locally owned and operated by NLYHA members.

    COVID-19 Resources

    Click the link below for the most current information related to COVID-19.

    Contact Us Northern Lakes Youth Hockey Association

    PO Box 96, Deerwood, MN 56444

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    iCal Instructions

    Click on this link and you will be taken to the iCal Instructions page. Hopefully this will help you with importing the calendar for your team into your smart phone, Google Calendar, or Outlook Express.

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