The Tillsonburg Thunder’s 2020-21 WOAA senior men’s hockey season has been cancelled.
“We had to make the decision,” said team president/owner Mike Holly.
“It was a sad day to vote for it,” said Holly, recalling the league’s Sept. 24 meeting. “I voted to close it down but I didn’t want to. Nobody wanted to.”
Current COVID restrictions at arenas made it impossible for them to conduct a ‘normal’ season.
“You’re only allowed 30 people… you take four referees/linesmen, timekeeper, scorekeeper, two coaches, and you’ve got to have trainers in case something happens. That’s 10 people. That only leaves 10 people on a side, with one goalie that’s only nine skaters.
“No contact … and we’re a contact hockey league. You have to stay three feet away from each other. So how do you check someone?
“It’s unfortunate, but it’s the rules of COVD. The arena (and Town of Tillsonburg staff) did what they could to hopefully get us in, but these are the rules of the game.”