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MINOR HOCKEY TOURNAMENT IN WINNIPEG HELD UNDER VEIL OF SECRECY DURING PANDEMIC

A minor hockey tournament involving teams from Saskatchewan - which was held in Winnipeg, Manitoba in July when inter-provincial travel was banned - was done so under a veil of secrecy, with parents told not to post on social media about it. According to a report by CBC News, rules for the North American Hockey Classic, a privately run tournament that was held from July 16th to the 20th, included changing team names, not listing player names on rosters, and insisting parents not make posts to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram about anything happening at the event.

Teams had registered for the high-profile tournament, which includes players from seven to 12 years of age, before the pandemic. Many teams withdrew before it was slated to begin, but at least five teams did not.

"The coaches said that we couldn't talk about it, and we couldn't post anything on social media," said a mother whose son played on the Wheatland Wild.

She added that she asked why everything had to be kept quiet and was told that while officials had permission to hold the tournament, they didn't want to "rock the boat."

Chris Light, one of the coaches of the teams involved in the tournament, told CBC News he did not attend and was on a fishing trip at the time. A photo obtained by the news outlet shows Light with players at the tournament. His wife, the team's manager, sent a message to everyone following the event stating: "Safe travels home everyone!...Reminder not to post any social media from the weekend and please do make sure to be mindful and self monitor please."



Organizers of the tournament insist they did not break any rules and that the secrecy surrounding the event was an attempt to keep any associated controversy under wraps. The Saskatchewan government told CBC News that inter-provincial travel was not allowed at that time, but admits its instructions to tournament officials may not have been exactly clear. The Saskatchewan Hockey Association, which does not regulate the privately run tournament, expressed disappointment in the decision to go ahead with it.
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JULY 29, 2020  (8H12)
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