In response to the results of a review issued late this afternoon by Hockey Manitoba and the MJHL, The Winnipeg Blues and Winnipeg Freeze said they welcomed the opportunity to fully and openly participate in the process that was focused on the facts.
The organizations said they accept the findings of this review and will be waiving their rights to appeal. They are grateful that the review acknowledged that they had contacted public health in advance of the practice to be sure they complied with COVID-19 restrictions, as written. This fact demonstrates that every effort was made to be transparent with the best intentions in mind for the players. That said, the organizations continue to be sorry for their decision and have learned from this unfortunate incident.
The Winnipeg Blues and Winnipeg Freeze are deeply committed to hockey and sport in Manitoba and thank the hockey community for its support and confidence as we move forward in the safest, most responsible way possible. Hockey Manitoba and the MJHL consider this matter closed.
Note: A previous statement issued Friday can also be found on this site.