Update: Safe Return to Hockey

SAMHA continues to work with our governing bodies, Hockey Alberta and Hockey Canada, to ensure our return to play is supported and safe. Hockey Alberta has a seasonal plan that outlines the minimum standards for Hockey Alberta’s Members to undertake hockey activities this season.
Hockey Alberta's Return to Play Flowchart

SAMHA and the Raiders Hockey Club programs utilize facilities throughout the region. We will continue to adhere to the facility policies set by these regional partners to support these recent measures.


City of St. Albert 

On December 21, 2021, the Government of Alberta announced new public health measures to reduce contact between Albertans as Omicron cases continue to grow.

New mandatory measures take effect at 12:01 a.m. on December 24 are:

  • For venues in the Restrictions Exemption Program – 50 per cent capacity limit at venues that seat more than 1,000 people. For venues with capacity of between 500 and 1,000 occupants, 500 is the limit.
  • No food or drink consumption in seated audience settings or during intermissions in the above-mentioned venues.
  • City facilities impacted by this measure include Go Auto Arena in Servus Credit Union Place, Jarome Iginla/Kinex Arenas and the Arden Theatre in St. Albert Place.
  • There is no impact on venues under 500.

On September 20, 2021, the Restrictions Exemption Program was implemented at all City recreational and cultural facilities in St. Albert.

What are the restrictions for under 18? Do youth need to provide vaccination proof?

As announced by Dr. Hinshaw on September 20, youth under 18 who are participating in a sport, recreation or performance activity will not be required to provide proof of vaccination at City recreational or cultural facilities.

Youth under 18 who are observing a sport, recreation or performance activity will be required to provide proof of vaccination at City recreational or cultural facilities.

City of St. Albert Restrictions Exemption Program

There will be check in points inside recreation facility doors whereby people 12 and over must show one of the following:

  • Proof of vaccination
  • Partial vaccination (one dose) accepted between September 20 to October 25 – if received two weeks before entry
  • Full vaccination (two doses) required after October 25
  • Proof of privately paid negative PCR or rapid test within 72 hours of service (tests from AHS or Alberta Precision Laboratories not allowed)
  • Documentation of a medical exemption

The Restrictions Exemption Program will be in place for as long as the Province mandates this.

If you have any questions please contact the City of St. Albert.


City of Edmonton 

Effective Monday September 20th, anyone using a public City of Edmonton facility or service will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a recent negative test result.

For more information please contact the  City of Edmonton.


Canadian Forces Morale & Welfare Services 

Garrison Twin Arena

Due to government restriction, the following regulations will be in place:

  • The only entrance and exit to the facility is through the West lobby door.
  • All patrons MUST show proof of vaccination, or negative COVID test within 72 hours, in order to enter the facility.
  • Masks MUST be worn while traversing through the building,

St. Albert Minor Hockey Association (SAMHA) may have to modify or suspend our programs due to circumstances beyond our control. This would include, but is not limited to:

  • Directives from local, provincial, or federal governments or corresponding health authorities;
  • An outbreak of COVID-19 within the SAMHA community (players, families, arena staff, external service providers, etc.);
  • Changes in rules, regulations, insurance coverage and other issues by our governing hockey bodies;
  • Ice facilities becoming unusable temporarily or permanently due to COVID-19 related closures, fires, mechanical failure, labour disruption or weather-related events

SAMHA will make every effort to mitigate the impact of any of the circumstances above if they arise. If it is necessary to suspend, reduce, or change our programming we will endeavour to provide refunds to the extent we are able. If it is necessary to shorten the season, we will provide a pro-rated refund based on the amount of hockey played less any fixed operational costs of the Association.