ALBERTON – Hockey P.E.I. officials are already in contact with their counterpart in other provincial associations and working on contingency plans for Atlantic Hockey championships in case their start times are affected by Wednesday’s predicted blizzard.
Two of those tournaments are in P.E.I. – Bantam AAA Girls in Montague and Midget AAA Boys in Alberton. As well, Summerside PeeWee AAAs are in Fredericton. All of those tournaments start Thursday, but Hockey P.E.I. Executive Director, Rob Newson said the teams were to be travelling to their destinations on Wednesday, and that could prove problematic.
In addition to those teams, the Tignish Junior Cs were travelling to Liverpool, Nova Scotia for the Maritime Hockey North championship which is scheduled to start on Wednesday. Newson said the Aces and the other Junior C teams are likely to arrive in Liverpool well in advance of the storm, but the games schedule could be impacted.
Newson, who is heading to Alberton today ahead of the storm to help coordinate the Midget AAA tournament, said the Newfoundland team is scheduled to fly into Halifax around 8 a.m. Wednesday, but he said there is already indication of some flight cancellations out of Newfoundland. Even if they do arrive, their bus trip to Alberton could be affected as heavy snowfall is expected by late morning Wednesday. The New Brunswick and Nova Scotia teams to the Midget tournament were planning to travel by car on Wednesday.
Changes to any of the schedules, Newson suggested, will be made if needed.