Greetings All Tournament Teams!

I hope you are excited about participating in the annual Tri-Cities Ice Classic. We are excited to host you!

I am reaching out as we have been getting inquiries about our tournament status with respect to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

As I write this, we are still hosting our tournament. At this time, I advise all participating teams to review good hygiene practice with players & parents as per HCSP & USA Hockey guidelines. These practices should be no different than what has been practiced all season to prevent spread of cold & flu, such as frequent hand washing, players not sharing water bottles, and so forth.

I’ve attached links of reliable information for your review:

Hockey Canada

BC Hockey

Public Health Agency of Canada

Fraser Health Authority

City of Coquitlam

As you can see, the risk to our region is low. To quote from Health Canada:

“At this time, PHAC has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for the general population in Canada but this could change rapidly. There is an increased risk of more severe outcomes for Canadians:

aged 65 and over
with compromised immune systems
with underlying medical conditions”
Poirier Sports & Leisure Centre staff will do their best to ensure a clean environment for participants, but the onus will be on players & parents to practice good hygiene.

We will not cancel our tournament unless advised so by Fraser Health Authority and/or BC Hockey. Thus, if any teams withdraw without permission or advice from their governing hockey body, they will not get a refund on tournament fees.

We are committed to ensuring the weekend is fun and safe for all participants & players. Please contact me if you have any questions, and best of luck during the tournament.

Darren Ferris
TCFIHA 1st VP & Tournament Director