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Important Spring Hockey 2020 Update [March 22]

Season Cancellation, Refund, Coach Info

Given the likelihood that it will be a while before life returns to normal, the Evanston High School Hockey and Evanston Youth Hockey Association boards have decided to cancel the 2020 spring season. It is an unfortunate but necessary decision in light of the extraordinary steps we all need to take in order to protect our community at this time.

There remains an outside chance our players and coaches could get back on the ice for some activities before May 17, when the spring season was scheduled to end. But the board determined unanimously that it was important to act now so families can receive refunds as soon as possible and to ensure that our coaches have the clubs’ full financial support during this challenging time. They’ve had our backs for a long time—we need to have theirs now.

For refunds, families can decide between multiple options. Any family can request a full refund of their spring fee, no questions asked. Even though Evanston Hockey had already completed half of its tryouts and incurred ice and other fees associated with the tryouts, the board unanimously voted to make full refunds an option for families. As a second option, families can also donate $275 of their fee to help cover our spring season costs including our coaches’ salaries. Finally, families have the option of donating any amount they choose, even their full fee. All donations are tax-deductible. If the total amount of donations collected exceeds the cost of coaches’ salaries, the remaining donated funds will be applied to our financial assistance fund. In the event of any shortfall, Evanston Hockey is committing to making up the difference for our coaches’ and other costs attributed to the spring season.

Though the Wildkits won’t be lacing up their skates for a while, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do. Coach Del already has shared an exercise program so players can stay fit. He and his coaches are cooking up more ideas for activities in a world that demands virtual hockey. More to come from Del on that. We also encourage families to read this article from our friends at the Positive Coaching Alliance with ideas on how we can use the season cancellation and disappointment it brings to recover the joy of sports. In addition, if Robert Crown and the Evanston schools reopen and enough restrictions are lifted, we will find a way to make the most of the small window for players to get back on the ice and shake the rust off. But that is a big if at this point.

To complete the process of requesting a refund or making a donation, please complete this survey by April 6th.

If you have any questions, please visit our Question & Answer page here. If you have additional questions or concerns, please email wildkits@evanstonhockey.com. 

The most important thing we can all do now is keep our families safe and healthy by following the necessary restrictions established by public officials. As hard as it is to be away from hockey and trying to work from home – probably with a house full of kids – we can remind ourselves that this is temporary and look forward to many more good times at rinks everywhere. Go Kits!

P.S. At this point, the HS banquet remains postponed -- and not cancelled -- because we remain hopeful that there will be a window soon for us to gather together again and celebrate everything that makes us proud to be a Wildkit.