What a season we just wrapped up! Relaxed covid regulations but a month long pause and we were still able to get all 28 games of the ORHL regular season completed before heading into the Championship Weekend. What an incredible showing by all our teams in the ORHL playoffs. Congratulations to our Peewee and Midget teams who took who stood above the rest and raised the cup on Sunday morning in Oakville! It was an amazing weekend with some unbelievable hockey games! Congrats to all!

We have now switched focus to the upcoming season and are excited to announce that our tryouts are scheduled to begin on May 7th (Saturday of Mother's Day weekend - but nothing on Sunday so all our hockey Mom's can enjoy their day). Stay tuned for complete schedule coming later in the week. First 50 players registered will enjoy the earlybird pricing!

Some exciting news out of the ORHL meetings last week. The league is committed to getting better with every year that passes and are making some exciting new changes for the upcoming season. Some are listed below.

  • U18 Midget division will be splitting and will now consist of a U17-Minor Midget division for 2007's and a max of 3 x 2006's. As well as a U18-Major Midget division for 2005 & 2006's. We are planning to ice one of each.

  • U15 Bantam game times will mirror midget with 3 x 15 minute periods with a flood in between the 2nd & 3rd periods.

  • Seeding teams - as the league continues to grow, there will be an attempt after the regular season starts to seed teams of similar skill to keep all games as competitive as possible.

  • Continue to use Gamesheet inc and all its functionality to bring stability and consistency to team rosters, game scoring and reporting.

  • a return to Buffalo for the Outdoor Air tourney at Riverworks.

  • more to come after the summer meetings!

Don't miss out on tryouts, register today on our website and join our CHILL hockey family for the hockey experience your family deserves!

We have fully updated our Arena Protocols tab https://www.chillhockey.ca/arena-information with the most recent vaccination requirements for our Players and clarifications from the Province of Ontario.

In all arenas we use for home ice, Players under 18 years of age are NOT required to show proof of double vaccination for entry. Spectators 13yrs+ ARE required required to show proof of double vaccination (2nd dose + 14days). Coaches and on-ice volunteers, the rules vary from rink to rink. We will keep the above link updated with the most recently available information from our vendors.

Regardless of the above, ALL Players and Coaches are required to complete their TeamSnap Health Check prior to each and every ice time or team scheduled event.

Updated: Sep 23, 2021

The ORHL recently posted the following news regarding their policy on mandated Covid-19 vaccinations. While the league at this time does not mandate a double vaccination requirement, it does mandate that all ORHL clubs follow their local rules, restrictions and health policies. This would include any entry requirements imposed by the ice vendors where the ORHL and its clubs operate.

This news has certainly driven increased web traffic and awareness of our Club; however, in the spirit of openness and transparency, we do have to inform prospective players that (as it stands now) approximately 82% of the ice we have under contract for the 2021-22 Season has a double vaccination requirement for entry into their facilities.

So while it may seem like there's choice and options, the logistical reality is that the overwhelming majority of the arenas we deal with do in fact require a double vaccination as of September 22, 2021.

UPDATE: September 22, 2021 - the Province has provided greater clarity around "youth sport" exemptions, and all of our vendors have adjusted to permit Players under the age of 18 entry into the rinks without a mandated proof of double vaccination.

ORHL Response Regarding Vaccinations

The Ontario Rep Hockey League (“ORHL”) continues to monitor the ever-changing status of COVID-19 in the Province of Ontario, with a keen focus on our goal of providing competitive hockey programming as close to our pre-pandemic operations as possible. Our players’ health and safety is not a measure we take lightly and we will continue to be diligent in our adherence to Provincial rules & regulations.

The ORHL has an active catchment area that covers many Central and Southern Ontario regions, each with its unique health measures and policies that we respect. While acknowledging that the situation is fluid and may be subject to change in the future, the ORHL at this moment does not have a league-wide mandated vaccination policy for its Member Clubs. It does however mandate that each of its clubs follow their local rules, restrictions and health policies, without exception. This would include, but is not limited to, any entry requirements imposed by arena facilities where ORHL clubs participate. We will commit to providing further updates, as the situation continues to evolve, so that our ORHL families are well-informed and can prepare for the much-anticipated upcoming start to the hockey season.