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RI Return to Play game Modifications 11-9-20

11/09/2020, 9:15am EST
By RI Hockey

Ice Hockey Specific Game Modifications 11-9-20:

The below modifications shall be implemented as Ice Hockey specific supplements to the “Reopening RI” Return to Play RI: Phase III youth, adult, & school sports guidelines dated 9-11-20 and Governor Raimondo’s Executive Order. In addition, participants must adhere to all State and Municipal Guidelines where their activities are being held. 

  • Players, coaches, and officials are required to wear face coverings at all times. Acceptable face coverings should follow CDC Guidance. Hockey specific Helmet products like the Bauer Splash guard are NOT-Acceptable. All bubble type face mask still require a face covering to be worn. 
  • No more than (2) parents or­ guardians of the athlete and the athlete’s siblings may be present at an event.
  • Spectators must remain socially distanced while in the ice arena.
  • Both the facility operator (rink) and the activity organizer (entity that purchases the ice time) are responsible for complying with any and all contact tracing requests from the State of RI.
  • All tournaments, games, practices, etc. with out-of-state teams is prohibited.
  • Previous game modifications related to Body Contact have been removed and games will follow most current USA Hockey rules.
  • Referees to minimize player’s deliberate close contact at faceoffs by socially distancing players prior to the drop of the puck.
  • Referees to minimize player’s deliberate close contact with quicker stoppage of play when puck scrums occur along boards or around goal creases.
  • Players are always to wear helmets and gloves during games and practices to avoid skin to surface contact.
  • Only (1) player per team is allowed in penalty box.
  • Water Bottles will not be shared at any time.
  • No personal hockey equipment shall be shared. 
  • Goalie equipment that is shared for an instructional team must be properly sanitized prior to any use.
  • Locker Room use is allowed as long as social distancing is maintained per CDC and RIDOH guidelines.  


    • Showering is not allowed after games or practices.
    • Have a hand sanitizing station at the bench area.
    • Carpooling is strongly discouraged, but in the event that it is required all partied should wear face coverings.
    • Open Doors and/or utilize Makeup air units to allow for fresh air circulation.
    • Players should be encouraged to come to the rink partially dressed to minimize amount of time required in the rink to get dressed.
    • Referees will be encouraged to use electronic whistles.
    • Referees will be encouraged to wear gloves to avoid skin to surface contact.


11/01/2020, 1:00pm EST
By Rhode Island Hockey


November 1, 2020

Dear RI Hockey Community, 

The Rhode Island Hockey community has been faced with many challenges since the outbreak of Covid-19, just like many other communities in the world. The Rhode Island Hockey Board of Directors understands that this newly updated closure may have come as a shock to many people in our community. 

While many of the players, families, and facilities throughout our state have been doing a tremendous job following the guidance, there have been instances where others may have not been following the guidelines correctly. It is crucial that everyone does his or her part to avoid a much longer shutdown. 

At this time all we can do is focus on what we as a whole can control. The RI hockey board of directors has and will continue to work closely with government officials to do whatever is necessary to keep the great sport of hockey going after this quick pause from the ice in RI. 

Many have asked what as a hockey community can we do? 

Lets continue to take pride in our great community and focus on getting the players back on the ice safely. The focus should be on trying to avoid all current and possible future disruptions caused by covid-19 in the rink, during play and at the same time, acting responsibly outside of the rink to do what we can to prevent the further spread of this virus within the sport. 

As a community the rinks have set up rules and guidelines with the help of the State and RI Hockey that must be followed by all in order to keep our great sport on the ice playing. We have overcome this adversity in the past and will do it again! 

Unfortunately, the State has determined that new guidelines are needed and will be coming to control any possible future spread of COVID-19. This board will continue to work tirelessly with the State to make sure all players, coaches and spectators remain safe and in the rinks like we have been doing since this pandemic started. 

Remember, the previous rules such as mask wearing, limiting spectators in the rink, social distancing in and outside the rink, no gathering near benches and others are all things we can work harder at as a community to make sure a shut down does not happen again. 

We will be back and we will be stronger and safer than ever after this short pause in the action! 

Stay positive, stay focused and continue to work hard on and off of the ice. We got this RI hockey!

We will see you at a rink soon!

Best Regards,

Board of Directors

Rhode Island Hockey

2020 NED Camp Evaluations Announced! S14 (2006)

01/01/2020, 11:30pm EST
By RI Hockey

2020 NED Camp Evaluations Announced! S14 (2006)

2020 NED Camp Evaluations

S14 (2006) Evaluations Announced !

NED Camp Evaluations


Evaluations for the New England District Development Camp for players born in 2006  have been set for Sunday January 12th & Sunday February 2nd at Cranston Veterans Ice Arena 950 Phenix Ave. Cranston, RI 02921. 

S14 (2006) Group will skate at the following times:

Sun 1/12/20 @ 8:00 PM

Sun   2/2/20  @ 5:10 PM

Only permanent residents of RI registered with USA Hockey are eligible to participate. Players must attend evaluation sessions to be selected by RI to attend the New England District camp. NO player will be allowed on the ice without proof of insurance!

Players attending out of state boarding schools are welcome to attend the evaluation, or they could have their school coach nominate them for an "at large" opportunity through the New England District Nominating Chair, Jim Nolin. Note that nomination by a coach will not guarantee an "at large" spot in the camp.

All participants must register and pay the fee here through this registration page.

All players selected are EXPECTED to attend the District camp dates which are:

14 Camp
Location: Camp, Keene State College, NH
S14 Camp, Early July (TBD)

During the camps our players will participate with and against the top players from Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. These camps present an opportunity for our top Rhode Island players to have fun, show their skills and be evaluated for a potential opportunity to progress further in the USA Hockey Player Development Program.