Beavers, Birds back on ice

Randy Russon
November 16, 2020
Blind River Beavers and Soo Thunderbirds have been cleared to begin regular season play this weekend. (Photo by Bob Davies)

Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League commissioner Rob Mazzuca has confirmed that the Blind River Beavers and Soo Thunderbirds have both been cleared to resume team activities and return to the ice.

The temporary shutdown of the Beavers and Birds happened last week after a trio of Blind River players displayed a number of Covid 19-related symptoms and underwent testing. While awaiting the results, this past weekend’s scheduled games between the two teams were put on hold.

Following testing, all of the results have come back negative and the Beavers and Birds are now ready to return to the ice preparatory to their regular season opener on Friday at 7 p.m. at John Rhodes Community Center in Sault Ste. Marie.

“We commend both clubs for their stringent efforts in following the NOJHL’s protocols and procedures in this matter,” relayed Mazzuca.

“They did exactly what was required of them, without hesitation, and thankfully all the results showed no signs of Covid-19, so they can now get back on the ice,” added Mazzuca.

“Continued thanks also to all of our public health organizations and municipalities for their sustained efforts, guidance and assistance as we all continue to strive in maintaining the health and safety of everyone involved, as our No. 1 priority,” summed up the NOJHL commissioner.

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