Return To Play (City of Vaughan Hockey)

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Game Plan - Return to Play Framework

In alignment with Hockey Canada’s Safety Guidelines and the Ontario government’s Guidance for facilities for sports and recreational fitness activities during COVID-19, the GTHL has developed a return-to-hockey framework specific to our circumstances here in the GTHL. The Game Plan is a fluid and living document that will require revisions as we move into the fall and throughout the 2020-21 season.

Click here to view the Game Plan Framework

September 8, 2020

The Return of Hockey in Vaughan!!

The City of Vaughan Hockey Association is excited to role out our 2020/21 House League program, based on the most recent Return to Play Guidelines introduced by the Greater Toronto Hockey League (Governing Body). The guidelines include various new and different ways in which we will operate and the structure of the program itself. All safety practices and procedures for on and off ice activities within the facilities will be in compliance with the York Region Public Health COVID 19 protocol. The safety and well being of our participants and volunteers will be paramount at all times.

Hockey will look a little different this season from the prospective of fewer participants on teams and fewer players participating in the on-ice activities at any one time. For the age divisions of Under 9 years old, there will be a maximum of 15 participants per team. And for the 10 years and older age divisions, the maximum participants per team is 10. The scrimmages/games will be comprised of a 4 on 4 format. To start the season, there will be a restriction of one parent/caregiver accompanying the participant into the facility, until such a time that the Public Health protocol in relation to COVID 19 is updated.

The season will commence on October 10th and finish the end of March. The season will be divided into two sessions, FALL - October to December and WINTER - January to March. For most divisions there will be over 40 on ice sessions throughout the season, offering two on ice activities a week. Registration for the FALL session will commence on Tuesday September 8th. The Winter session registration is still to be determined.

There is a slight increase in this season’s registration, for which was required to offset the cost associated with fewer players on each team. Having said that, the amount of time the players are on the ice throughout the on-ice activities and the participation within those activities, will be far greater than the previous years formats. Instructional coach to player ratio will also be less, creating a superior environment and opportunity for player development.

We are committed to ensuring the participants be in a Safe, Fun and Enjoyable environment, while creating Memories and Friendships to last a lifetime.

September 2, 2020


THE GTHL has announced their RETURN TO PLAY guidelines for the upcoming 2020-2021 season.  The CVHA is excited to get underway and bring back house league hockey for this coming season.  We are currently working to establish the framework for the program in anticipation of launching registration as early as September 8 (due to the long weekend)!

The GTHL released their long awaited RETURN TO PLAY guidelines on Tuesday, September 1.  These guidelines outline how hockey will return based on stages.  This was developed by taking into consideration the rules and laws set out by the Province of Ontario and the Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF).  More detail can be found on the GTHL site here:

(Click on the GAME PLAN FRAMEWORK link to see the details)

The framework is fluid and will continue to evolve as we progress through the stages.  Right now, the CVHA is putting together the first stage of our program to open up registration during the "WARM-UP" period which begins on September 7.  

PERIOD 1 is when we are allowed to start offering on-ice programming, and that is to commence starting October 7 (subject to change).  Our house league season will start at this time.

These stages continue to move along the framework for an eventual return to full 5v5 hockey with no restrictions

The OVERTIME stage is when hockey will return to the format that we were all use to with no restrictions.


We continue to work with the GTHL and the City of Vaughan to put in place procedures that will enhance the safety of our players and coaches when we return to the rinks.  These procedures are being developed based on the requirements of the Province of Ontario, City of Vaughan, and the GTHL.

Detailed protocols will be released before the return to the ice.

The CVHA is excited to get our players back on the ice.  We want to thank everyone for their patience and support as we work through the challenges we face in order to get back to the game of hockey!

More details will be coming very shortly, including the format, dates, safety precautions and registration fees.

Stay tuned!

August  20, 2020

Information on Return to Play is currently being updated to our Board through the GTHL. Expected details of the on-ice program will be made available as of September 1, 2020.  

We can confirm the on-line Registration will open as of September 7, 2020. At this point in time we are unable to confirm the specifics of the fees as we await to receive more details from the GTHL regarding the on-ice program. We will be posting all details as soon as they become available to us. 

For those families who have pre-registered for House League, a registration link will be forwarded to you prior to September 7.  We recommend that all families interested in participating and have not Pre-registered do so through the following link as soon as possible.

City of Vaughan House League Pre Registration Form 2020

GTHL Releases Registration Details For 2020-21

The Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL) will release a comprehensive Return to Play framework on August 31, 2020 outlining what hockey will look like this season. The safety of GTHL players is of the utmost importance and the framework will include measures to keep all participants safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The first step of this plan will be the opening of competitive stream player registration for the 2020-21 year on September 7, 2020.

The Plan includes an anticipated return to on-ice activity in modified form after October 7, 2020, with a staged expansion as public health guidelines permit.

No formal in-person on or off the ice tryouts will be taking place. Tryouts will be conducted through a paper selection process by our clubs and we will also offer a variety of flexible registration options.

On and off ice training will commence in groups of no more than 20 with physical distancing measures in place. The main focus as we return to the ice initially will be on individual skill development but on-ice activity can include traditional skill development as well as scrimmages of 3 on 3 or 4 on 4.

As the public health situation develops, it may allow for more traditional forms of hockey to resume. Further details on subsequent phases and what activity will be permitted in later phases will be included in the August 30, 2020 Return to Play Framework.

We appreciate the patience and cooperation of players, Clubs, parents, coaches, and other GTHL stakeholders at this time. We are excited and eager to welcome you back to the ice.

Please visit Return to Hockey on the GTHL web site at page for a list of frequently asked questions and all the latest information on returning to the ice and on August 30, 2020.

UPDATE - JULY 31, 2020

Please continue to refer to the links below for the relevant information from each site.

The OHF has released further details in relation to Stage 3.  While there are a lot of details and variations that they have listed, the GTHL, who we fall under, has still not given the green light for any sanctioned activities.  Dates and programs are still being reviewed by the GTHL with all of its members, and more information will come out in the next couple of weeks from them as to what our programs may be looking like.  In the meantime, no changes from the July 4 update detailed below.  For further information, please refer to the GTHL website for the most recent information relevant to our association.



This means any activity by any of these groups or individuals REMAINS UNAPPROVED AND THEREFORE UNINSURED.  Please make sure you verify that the instructor/coach has obtained private insurance.

UPDATE - JUNE 30, 2020

Please continue to refer to the links below for the relevant information from each site.

Over the weekend, the Ontario Emergency Order (OEO) was amended to expand who can operate programming. Essentially, the limitation of professional athletes, NSO’s and PSO’s was lifted and activities within arenas are now under the direction of the specific facility operator. The facility operated and the contractor of the ice are responsible to ensure the activities are being conducted within the other elements required by the Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments and local health requirements. This means that, if the facility permits it, private hockey instructors and other individuals can resume activities providing they are operating within all the health requirements.  All participants are responsible for obtaining their own insurance.  You are not insured through Hockey Canada, the GTHL, CVHA or Vaughan Rangers.

This means any activity by any of these groups or individuals REMAINS UNAPPROVED AND THEREFORE UNINSURED.

If you have any further questions, please contact the CVHA office or email us at [email protected]


Link to the OHF Return to Hockey Document


As of right now, according to the Government of Ontario, the only way to legally be on the ice is to be part of one of the following:

Link to the GTHL Return to Play Information Site

  1. National Sports Organization (NSO) - Hockey Canada
  2. Provincial Sports Organization (PSO) - Ontario Hockey Federation, which minor hockey associations (MHA) are members 
  3. OHF Hockey Canada Licensed Development Instructor 
  4. Professional Hockey Player

Until further notice and review, the GTHL has decided not to allow their member associations, of which we belong, to return to on ice activities.  This means that coaches are not allowed to rent ice and skate players at this time.


The only legal way to have a player on the ice at this time is with a certified OHF Hockey Canada Licensed Skills Instructor.  Players and parents are responsible for verifying that the instructor has this certification. 




NO.  MHA coaches are not required to take this certification unless they want to offer skilled instruction to players outside of coaching.  Once the GTHL approves MHA'S to participate in on-ice activities, those coaches in good standing with the CVHA and Vaughan Rangers from the 2019-2020 season will be allowed to rent ice and conduct practice sessions upon following the proper protocols and procedures.  The OHF Hockey Canada Licensed Development Instructor program is provide skill instructors (player, goalie, power skating) the opportunity to become certified to deliver training within the Province of Ontario, and ensure they are properly insured and certified, along with additional benefits from Hockey Canada.

Link to the OHF Hockey Canada Licensed Skill Development Program


The Province and the Municipalities are the ones enforcing this as per Provincial law, and those found in violation may face significant fines.  


These requirements and laws may change at any time and is governed by the Province, the OHF, and the GHTL.

If you have any further questions, please contact the CVHA office or email us at [email protected]

June 26, 2020
The OHF has released guidelines and more detail for their suggested Stage 3A and on.  While these are guidelines, final decisions to when and how practice and game play still falls to the GTHL and then the CVHA and Vaughan Rangers.  MOST RECENT UPDATE 
JULY 31, 2020

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