March 16, 2020 | 10:45 a.m. CST
Due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic and the mandates from the Governor of Illinois and public health officials, the Amateur Hockey Association Illinois, Inc. (AHAI) is strongly encouraging all hockey organizations to curtail operations for the time period identified by the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”).
Because large events can fuel the spread of the disease, the CDC said gatherings of 50 people or more should be canceled or postponed throughout the country for the next eight weeks. Of course, as information becomes more readily available, that number may very well decrease.
The safety and well-being of our athletes, their families, friends and fans will always take precedent over everything else.
We sincerely hope that our hockey participants, fans and organizations follow the lead of the medical community and not place anyone in jeopardy of infection or the spread of infection and will further recognize that safety must always come first.