The Town of Slave Lake’s Multi Rec Centre will re-open its doors on Feb. 22. Or actually not open its doors, because they will remain locked. But according to a Feb. 12 release from the town, some very limited and strictly-controlled activities will be allowed as of that date. This follows an easing of restrictions from the provincial government, announced on Feb. 6.
Use will be by appointment only, and is “only for curriculum-based school activities, youth sport for ages 18 & under, and one-to-one personal training (with certified personal trainer/coach).” Dressing rooms won’t be open, masks will be required and no spectators allowed. Among other restrictions.
That doesn’t leave much room to operate for hockey programs, and in fact Slave Lake Minor Hockey announced earlier it was pulling the plug on the season.
“We believe it’s best to conclude this season and issue credits to families for next season,” says the SLMHA on its website in a Feb. 3 post.
The decision came on the heels of the Northern Alberta Interlock league canceling scheduled games. There was still a possibility (and apparently a desire) to get back onto the ice for practices and maybe some exhibition games. But the numbers didn’t add up.
“Based on the gov’t of Alberta’s Path Forward update, we would not be eligible to return to the ice until March 1 at the earliest,” says the SLMHA post. On top of that, the Town of Slave Lake would need a week or so to get its laid-off staff back on the job.
“That would then give us two weeks of possible ice,” the post continues.
It wasn’t enough.