We would like to formally announce the retirement of our Hockey Development Professional (HDP), Shawn MacKenzie. Shawn will continue to work very closely with BDMHA and continue to be a resource for our association.
Shawn was born in Bedford, Nova Scotia and grew up playing minor hockey in BDMHA. He continued his hockey journey to Junior A for the Halifax Lions and three years of Major Junior hockey in the OHL. Shawn was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 1980 NHL entry draft and enjoyed five years playing professionally for the NHL, IHL, and AHL, including a Calder Cup Championship. He coached five years in the OHL and over 10 years in the QMJHL, including the Halifax Mooseheads from 2000-2004. Shawn is a two-time QMJHL coach of the year nominee, winning the award in 2002-2003 and a finalist for CHL Coach of the Year that same year. Since 2006, Shawn has been an invaluable member of Bedford Minor Hockey Association and a tremendous supporter of our community.
For the past 16 years Shawn has been a fixture in our rinks, at games, and at practices. Shawn won the Hockey Nova Scotia Ken Martin award in 2020 which recognizes individuals for outstanding contributions to the development of amateur hockey in Nova Scotia at the provincial level. In addition, BDMHA won HNS’s development association of the year in 2009, 2010, and 2012. Shawn has been a mentor, a leader, and a role model for our coaches, players, and members. Shawn will continue to support BDMHA as needed in various programs but has officially retired as our HDP.
On behalf of BDMHA, our members, our Board, our coaches, and our players we wish you the very best in your retirement and we appreciate all that you have given to our association.
Congratulations on your retirement and thank you for your contribution over the past 16 years.
We have revised our reopening date to Jan 7, 2021 at 8am. If teams wish to practice before Jan 7th they can do so provided they use team funds to purchase the ice time.
As per Public Health and HNS guidance:
Games and tournaments are not permitted
A maximum of 10 participants (including coaches and instructors)will be permitted in the field of play for practices and training; physical distancing is not required during these sessions, but masks are required everywhere in the facility but on the ice
Spectators will be not be permitted at any activities
Travel restrictions remain in effect that prohibit children age 11 and younger from entering or leaving Nova Scotia to participate in sports
Details on groups of 10:
Teams can practice in separate groups of up to 10 (including coaches and instructors) on the ice at the same time. Teams need to ensure that the groups (including coaches and instructors) are completely separated from the time they arrive at the facility until the time they leave. Players could not switch groups (ex: players are not permitted to spend half a practice with one group and then spend the other half with the other group) during the practice. There can be no intermingling of cohorts so the space would have to allow for distancing between cohorts, staggered entry into the facility and onto the field of play, separate change rooms, etc.
We continue to ask that the team safety rep/manager be informed of any Covid cases. Teams will be considered close contacts if they had exposure to the positive player/coach in the 48h prior to positive test and/or symptoms. Please keep in mind that if the team has multiple cohorts on the ice all players/coaches on the ice are considered close contacts.
As always, stay home if sick. Wear your mask properly and ensure it is 3 layers.
If you have any questions or concerns about the reopening plan, please contact Safety Coordinator, Lori Connors, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Association COVID Advisory team met earlier this evening and has decided that all BDMHA activity be paused indefintiely beginning December 22nd, 6 AM. This aligns with the most recent Public Health and Hockey Nova Scotia update released this afternoon. There is currently no return date identified.
We will continue to monitor the situation and will notify you when we can safely return to hockey.