(DETROIT, MI) – EFFECTIVE CLOSE OF BUSINESS ON FRIDAY MARCH 13, 2020, THE BULLDOGS HOCKEY CLUB AND ESH & MCCANN ICE ARENAS WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE FOR ALL YOUTH SKATING.
All youth hockey events and private rental skates will be suspended indefinitely.
We are closely monitoring this ever changing situation and will keep everyone up to date as more information becomes available.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this uncertain time.
Brian Francis, President
East Side Youth Sports Foundation
Over the last week, we have seen local schools, universities, amateur and professional sports and both large and small business take important steps in order to best mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The President of the United States has declared a National Emergency, and the Governor of Michigan has also issued similar declarations.
As part of the Governor’s order, she is limiting large gatherings to 250 people, with a recommendation that gatherings not be over 100 people. We are expecting the lowering of that mandates as the number of confirmed cases increase in Michigan. In addition, several municipal rinks have announced they will be closed for the next several weeks and some have also announced they are taking ice out early to reduce expenses incurred with idle facilities. This leaves some associations with no-ice until early April.
Today (March 14) the Michigan Amateur Hockey Executive Board has enacted an additional emergency action to push back the start of ALL tryout for next season until no earlier than April 7, 2020.The Executive Committee feels this best serves the overall wellbeing of our players, coaches, officials, volunteers and their families and will help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We also feel that this will help provide a fair and equitable playing field for all organizations and teams to be able start tryouts on level footing. MAHA expects all organizations and coaches to be respectful of this change and MAHA will enforce sanctions of anyone found violating that date. Violations could include executing commitments, parent/player contact, evaluation skates, team building exercises etc.. Sanctions can affect an organizations ability to play in leagues and district or state tournaments next season.
Be advised that tryouts dates could still change further as the situation evolves.
We will continue to monitor State and local government directives and provide updates as needed. Thank you for your continued support. Stay healthy.
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As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, donations made to East Side Youth Sports Foundation are fully tax deductible.
New Federal Law Mandates All Indoor Hockey Rinks Must Switch from a Freon Gas to an Alternate Cooling Based System by 2023
East Side Youth Sports Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and owner and operator of the ESH Ice Arena in Detroit, has announced a fundraising initiative to assist in the costs associated with the rink’s transition from the current Freon based cooling system, to an Ammonia based system, to bring us up to 2020 code rules.
Please be advised that before you and your team can be certified with USA hockey you MUST complete the following:
This information, along with copies of your completed documents must be submitted to the BHC registrar before any refereed games can be played.