On Monday March 23, 2020, the Governor of Michigan issued an Executive Order in Response to COVID-
19 to “Stay Home, Stay Safe” until April 13, 2020. This has caused all the rinks in Michigan to temporarily
close and suspend all activities. Many rinks in Michigan have temporarily taken their ice out to reduce
expenses during this time. They will need time to restore their facilities once the Executive Order is lifted
to be able to resume normal operations. Some rinks have stated they may not be putting ice back in until
the fall season which means associations and teams looking for spring / summer ice may need to find
other nearby facilities to use.
The MAHA Executive Board met on Tuesday March 24, to discuss tryouts for spring and fall teams that
had been previously scheduled or postponed until April 7, 2020. USA Hockey has given the Affiliates
authority to make decisions, based on current events and local
Therefore, Effective Immediately the MAHA Executive Committee is prohibiting any tryouts, formation
of teams, offering of contracts, recruiting etc. for ALL USA Hockey Member programs in the Michigan
Affiliate (aka: Everyone) until further notice. This includes all levels of Youth and Girls hockey, for which
tryouts were originally to take place in either March or April.
MAHA will monitor issues related to the COVID-19 Pandemic and will provide direction on when tryouts
and related activities will be able to begin. Once it is clear when these restrictions will be lifted, and when
rinks will be able to resume operations, a new date will be set.
I am sure having to pause these activities is difficult for everyone. But, we urge you to continue to follow
the advice of our healthcare professionals and stay healthy. We look forward to welcoming everyone back
to hockey just as soon as we are able to. We will do our best to stay on top of this ever-changing situation
and continue to adjust to meet the healthcare guidelines, and to provide a safe environment for our
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in the matter.
Bill Smith &
People of the Year!