Dundas Grightmire Arena scheduled to open Oct. 1

News Aug 20, 2020 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

J.L. Grightmire Arena is scheduled to open on October 1 for local hockey groups to practice, but with ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, it’s not clear what kind of regular season the Dundas Blues, Hamilton Kilty B’s, Dundas Real McCoys and Dundas Minor Hockey may have.

Dundas Blues general manager Steve Aglor said the upcoming season is the first for a partnership between the Jr. C Blues and Jr. B Kiltys, and all the unknowns are particularly tough after two of the past three seasons spent out of the home arena during renovations.

“We had so many great ideas for getting fans into the rink. And then COVID hit,” Aglor said.

Chris Herstek, the city’s director of recreation, said all users will be allowed a maximum of 25 people on ice at any time, including players and coaches. He said that at this time, the plan is to have a maximum of 50 people in an arena.

One parent or guardian per child dropped off for minor hockey is expected to have the option of staying to watch in the arena, physically distanced from everyone else.

“We are working out logistics,” Herstek said.

He said arenas are opening as demand requires, based largely on minor hockey registrations. At Grightmire, it appears that the two junior clubs helped get the arena open while local minor hockey ice needs weren’t known.

Dundas Minor Hockey Association has been accepting registrations for more than two weeks.

“The association is working diligently on a modified program plan that will cover all levels of hockey, which will include Rep level development,” Girard said. “We've been working directly with the city to address the needs of DMHA. We hope to announce our initial plans within the next few weeks, which includes getting back into (Grightmire) arena as soon as it opens.”

New Blues president Tim Wilson, also president and owner of the Kilty B’s, got word from the City of Hamilton on August 18 that the team would have access to Grightmire starting on October 1, with six hours of ice time per week.

Wilson said the Jr. B club will share some of its time with the Blues, as the two teams prepare for a 2020-21 season and finalize their rosters together.

The Kiltys will start training at two other arenas before Grightmire opens. They’ll go home when the city opens the Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena.

Teams will be limited to one hour on the ice at a time, then must leave the arena for 30 minutes while staff clean and sanitize all surfaces. The same requirement will be in place for minor hockey.

What isn’t clear is what a regular season might look like. The Kiltys’ Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League has prepared three possible schedules, with start dates of November 1, November 10 or December 15.

The Dundas Blues’ Provincial Junior Hockey League is crafting two possible schedules, one starting in December and the other in January.

For both teams, a key point is whether or not they will be allowed by city and provincial authorities to have fans in the stands. That will make or break any regular season schedule.

“If we can’t put fans in the stands, I can’t see any (team) going,” Aglor said.

He said that if the current maximum is doubled to allow 100 people in the arena, between two teams – with players and staff – there’s probably 70 people already.

Aglor said a maximum of 25 or 30 fans wouldn’t even cover the cost of referees. He said there will be increased cleaning expenses in addition to normal costs.

“It’s a lot of money to put out if you have no money coming in,” Aglor said.

Wilson said that without fans, sponsors may understandably be less willing to support the junior teams.

“I don’t think we can make it happen without fans,” he said.

Aglor figures it might be a challenge for Dundas-area businesses to support the club this year.

“They’re trying to get back on their feet themselves,” he said.

Aglor said it’s not clear what other Ontario junior teams might play this season. Some clubs in cities across the province don’t know yet if their local arenas will be available; if not, they might not participate in a 2020-21 season.

The Senior AAA Dundas Real McCoys face some of the same challenges.

McCoys president and general manager Don Robertson said the club’s sponsors have already been very positive about ongoing support, but he said the team won’t be able to operate without fans.

“They are a big part of what we do in many areas, including charity fundraising,” Robertson said. “Our league will be making an announcement shortly regarding a startup of the schedule.”

At this stage, Robertson anticipates a January start to the Senior AAA hockey season.

Despite the challenges and unknowns, Wilson and Aglor were both happy with the news that they should have Grightmire ice time in October. With both teams using the arena and working together, it could be a good start to the new partnership.

The pre-season workouts will help flesh out both teams' final rosters. The Kiltys will assign some players to the Blues, who already have a core of returning players eager to get back on the ice.

“It’s exciting. Today’s a big day,” Wilson said.

Aglor said he’s looking forward to working with the entire Kilty B’s club.

“They’ve gotten better every year,” he said. “It’s an organization a lot of other teams talk about.”


STORY BEHIND THE STORY: We heard about the city’s phased reopening of local arenas with strict COVID-19 protocols, and wanted to know how local hockey programs will be impacted.

Dundas Grightmire Arena scheduled to open Oct. 1

COVID-19 protocols limiting fans could impact regular season plans

News Aug 20, 2020 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

J.L. Grightmire Arena is scheduled to open on October 1 for local hockey groups to practice, but with ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, it’s not clear what kind of regular season the Dundas Blues, Hamilton Kilty B’s, Dundas Real McCoys and Dundas Minor Hockey may have.

Dundas Blues general manager Steve Aglor said the upcoming season is the first for a partnership between the Jr. C Blues and Jr. B Kiltys, and all the unknowns are particularly tough after two of the past three seasons spent out of the home arena during renovations.

“We had so many great ideas for getting fans into the rink. And then COVID hit,” Aglor said.

Chris Herstek, the city’s director of recreation, said all users will be allowed a maximum of 25 people on ice at any time, including players and coaches. He said that at this time, the plan is to have a maximum of 50 people in an arena.

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One parent or guardian per child dropped off for minor hockey is expected to have the option of staying to watch in the arena, physically distanced from everyone else.

“We are working out logistics,” Herstek said.

He said arenas are opening as demand requires, based largely on minor hockey registrations. At Grightmire, it appears that the two junior clubs helped get the arena open while local minor hockey ice needs weren’t known.

Dundas Minor Hockey Association has been accepting registrations for more than two weeks.

“The association is working diligently on a modified program plan that will cover all levels of hockey, which will include Rep level development,” Girard said. “We've been working directly with the city to address the needs of DMHA. We hope to announce our initial plans within the next few weeks, which includes getting back into (Grightmire) arena as soon as it opens.”

New Blues president Tim Wilson, also president and owner of the Kilty B’s, got word from the City of Hamilton on August 18 that the team would have access to Grightmire starting on October 1, with six hours of ice time per week.

Wilson said the Jr. B club will share some of its time with the Blues, as the two teams prepare for a 2020-21 season and finalize their rosters together.

The Kiltys will start training at two other arenas before Grightmire opens. They’ll go home when the city opens the Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena.

Teams will be limited to one hour on the ice at a time, then must leave the arena for 30 minutes while staff clean and sanitize all surfaces. The same requirement will be in place for minor hockey.

What isn’t clear is what a regular season might look like. The Kiltys’ Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League has prepared three possible schedules, with start dates of November 1, November 10 or December 15.

The Dundas Blues’ Provincial Junior Hockey League is crafting two possible schedules, one starting in December and the other in January.

For both teams, a key point is whether or not they will be allowed by city and provincial authorities to have fans in the stands. That will make or break any regular season schedule.

“If we can’t put fans in the stands, I can’t see any (team) going,” Aglor said.

He said that if the current maximum is doubled to allow 100 people in the arena, between two teams – with players and staff – there’s probably 70 people already.

Aglor said a maximum of 25 or 30 fans wouldn’t even cover the cost of referees. He said there will be increased cleaning expenses in addition to normal costs.

“It’s a lot of money to put out if you have no money coming in,” Aglor said.

Wilson said that without fans, sponsors may understandably be less willing to support the junior teams.

“I don’t think we can make it happen without fans,” he said.

Aglor figures it might be a challenge for Dundas-area businesses to support the club this year.

“They’re trying to get back on their feet themselves,” he said.

Aglor said it’s not clear what other Ontario junior teams might play this season. Some clubs in cities across the province don’t know yet if their local arenas will be available; if not, they might not participate in a 2020-21 season.

The Senior AAA Dundas Real McCoys face some of the same challenges.

McCoys president and general manager Don Robertson said the club’s sponsors have already been very positive about ongoing support, but he said the team won’t be able to operate without fans.

“They are a big part of what we do in many areas, including charity fundraising,” Robertson said. “Our league will be making an announcement shortly regarding a startup of the schedule.”

At this stage, Robertson anticipates a January start to the Senior AAA hockey season.

Despite the challenges and unknowns, Wilson and Aglor were both happy with the news that they should have Grightmire ice time in October. With both teams using the arena and working together, it could be a good start to the new partnership.

The pre-season workouts will help flesh out both teams' final rosters. The Kiltys will assign some players to the Blues, who already have a core of returning players eager to get back on the ice.

“It’s exciting. Today’s a big day,” Wilson said.

Aglor said he’s looking forward to working with the entire Kilty B’s club.

“They’ve gotten better every year,” he said. “It’s an organization a lot of other teams talk about.”


STORY BEHIND THE STORY: We heard about the city’s phased reopening of local arenas with strict COVID-19 protocols, and wanted to know how local hockey programs will be impacted.

Dundas Grightmire Arena scheduled to open Oct. 1

COVID-19 protocols limiting fans could impact regular season plans

News Aug 20, 2020 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

J.L. Grightmire Arena is scheduled to open on October 1 for local hockey groups to practice, but with ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, it’s not clear what kind of regular season the Dundas Blues, Hamilton Kilty B’s, Dundas Real McCoys and Dundas Minor Hockey may have.

Dundas Blues general manager Steve Aglor said the upcoming season is the first for a partnership between the Jr. C Blues and Jr. B Kiltys, and all the unknowns are particularly tough after two of the past three seasons spent out of the home arena during renovations.

“We had so many great ideas for getting fans into the rink. And then COVID hit,” Aglor said.

Chris Herstek, the city’s director of recreation, said all users will be allowed a maximum of 25 people on ice at any time, including players and coaches. He said that at this time, the plan is to have a maximum of 50 people in an arena.

Related Content

One parent or guardian per child dropped off for minor hockey is expected to have the option of staying to watch in the arena, physically distanced from everyone else.

“We are working out logistics,” Herstek said.

He said arenas are opening as demand requires, based largely on minor hockey registrations. At Grightmire, it appears that the two junior clubs helped get the arena open while local minor hockey ice needs weren’t known.

Dundas Minor Hockey Association has been accepting registrations for more than two weeks.

“The association is working diligently on a modified program plan that will cover all levels of hockey, which will include Rep level development,” Girard said. “We've been working directly with the city to address the needs of DMHA. We hope to announce our initial plans within the next few weeks, which includes getting back into (Grightmire) arena as soon as it opens.”

New Blues president Tim Wilson, also president and owner of the Kilty B’s, got word from the City of Hamilton on August 18 that the team would have access to Grightmire starting on October 1, with six hours of ice time per week.

Wilson said the Jr. B club will share some of its time with the Blues, as the two teams prepare for a 2020-21 season and finalize their rosters together.

The Kiltys will start training at two other arenas before Grightmire opens. They’ll go home when the city opens the Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena.

Teams will be limited to one hour on the ice at a time, then must leave the arena for 30 minutes while staff clean and sanitize all surfaces. The same requirement will be in place for minor hockey.

What isn’t clear is what a regular season might look like. The Kiltys’ Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League has prepared three possible schedules, with start dates of November 1, November 10 or December 15.

The Dundas Blues’ Provincial Junior Hockey League is crafting two possible schedules, one starting in December and the other in January.

For both teams, a key point is whether or not they will be allowed by city and provincial authorities to have fans in the stands. That will make or break any regular season schedule.

“If we can’t put fans in the stands, I can’t see any (team) going,” Aglor said.

He said that if the current maximum is doubled to allow 100 people in the arena, between two teams – with players and staff – there’s probably 70 people already.

Aglor said a maximum of 25 or 30 fans wouldn’t even cover the cost of referees. He said there will be increased cleaning expenses in addition to normal costs.

“It’s a lot of money to put out if you have no money coming in,” Aglor said.

Wilson said that without fans, sponsors may understandably be less willing to support the junior teams.

“I don’t think we can make it happen without fans,” he said.

Aglor figures it might be a challenge for Dundas-area businesses to support the club this year.

“They’re trying to get back on their feet themselves,” he said.

Aglor said it’s not clear what other Ontario junior teams might play this season. Some clubs in cities across the province don’t know yet if their local arenas will be available; if not, they might not participate in a 2020-21 season.

The Senior AAA Dundas Real McCoys face some of the same challenges.

McCoys president and general manager Don Robertson said the club’s sponsors have already been very positive about ongoing support, but he said the team won’t be able to operate without fans.

“They are a big part of what we do in many areas, including charity fundraising,” Robertson said. “Our league will be making an announcement shortly regarding a startup of the schedule.”

At this stage, Robertson anticipates a January start to the Senior AAA hockey season.

Despite the challenges and unknowns, Wilson and Aglor were both happy with the news that they should have Grightmire ice time in October. With both teams using the arena and working together, it could be a good start to the new partnership.

The pre-season workouts will help flesh out both teams' final rosters. The Kiltys will assign some players to the Blues, who already have a core of returning players eager to get back on the ice.

“It’s exciting. Today’s a big day,” Wilson said.

Aglor said he’s looking forward to working with the entire Kilty B’s club.

“They’ve gotten better every year,” he said. “It’s an organization a lot of other teams talk about.”


STORY BEHIND THE STORY: We heard about the city’s phased reopening of local arenas with strict COVID-19 protocols, and wanted to know how local hockey programs will be impacted.