Group Covid-19 Discussion

Mar 12th
Michael Speakman
I wanted to open up a community discussion about this situation. I know the comments were closed on the previous post, but I think we need to be open to discussion in this community. I've always been anxious about germs. Especially with players spitting on the floor of the bench and blowing their noses on the water bottles. I'm not a fan of the spitting in general but now it seems even more discourteous. I'm thinking of giving up pickup hockey for a few weeks to see what happens. Is anyone else feeling this way? Or is your attitude more just carry on as usual? I'd be curious to know. Thanks to all the JMS community. I know is still lots of fun playing hockey to be had.

Mar 13th
Patrick Story
Covid19, CoorsX, RollingRockFever, I could never stand the spitting and nose blowing during high school and college years let alone during JMS. I plan on playing it out.

Mar 13th
Christian Girtz
Speakman, I couldn't agree with you more. I too am having a hard time deciding whether to play. But, I believe BIG and Braemar have already announced closings for at least a few weeks and other rinks will probably follow and our decision will be made for us.

Mar 13th
Matt Todd
I agree 100% on the spitting. Aside from the obvious germs issues its just disgusting to sit on the bench and be looking down at that, getting it on your skates or on your stick.

Mar 13th
Patrick Conlan
Girtz/Speakman - you guys have both been within 1' of my gloves, you'd be fine! JMS on hiatus until at least 3/30. Lotta rinks closing, although NSC Sports Center is still open (at the moment). Not sure why MN schools are still open, but that's another thread... Stay safe and healthy, friends!

Mar 23rd
Rob Jones
Snot and spit aside, it's in the best interest of everyone to stay home. I felt really weird playing my last AHA game on Sunday March 15th. As this situation gets worse by the day, it just makes more and more sense to stay at home. Now when I finally get back in net after a couple months, I may look and feel like Jabba the Hutt. If the "break" lasts any longer than that, it's going to be REALLY difficult for me to come back playing at my age! Well, at least in net anyhow. Be well and stay safe everyone!!!

Mar 24th
Michael Speakman
I know Richfield took out their ice to update refrigeration. I don't think there will be any hockey for a while. Even if rinks did open in a couple weeks, I think it would be best for me and my family to not play hockey for much longer than that. Thank god for rollerblades.

Mar 25th
Cullen Kiely
I’m guessing the stay at home order the governor issued today will wipe out games until April 10, at least.

Apr 3rd
Mark Lo'M
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Apr 6th
Tom Williams
Time to kill? Came across this site:

Apr 22nd
Cullen Kiely
My Bauer Bump is gone...

Apr 23rd
Jeff Hedin
I'm actually working on my stickhandling in my basement and will set up a shooting range in my garage. I gotta make up for my slow feet somehow! :-)

Apr 27th
Cullen Kiely
I was talking to my neighbor today from a safe distance. She said her husband just got an email from another pickup league in which he plays. She said it sounds like they may be starting up again, soon.

Apr 27th
Matt Todd
Hockey finder spring leagues are planning to start on the fifth. I was signed up for one, but bowed out.

Apr 27th
Cullen Kiely
Huh. Are the rinks planning on opening up?

Apr 27th
Neil Urbanski
I was forwarded the below email from Dakotah! Ice Arena. Of course, it could easily change, but this is their plan: Dakotah! Ice Center Rental Restrictions for Covid-19 We are targeting an opening of May 4th. 1) We are limiting the participants to 20 per session. 2) Participants are not allowed in the building until 15 minutes prior to their session and must be out of the building 15 minutes after their session. 3) There will be 30 minutes between all rentals to avoid 2 groups in the rink at one time. 4) Rink 1 and Rink 2 will be offset so that participants entering and exiting will not cross paths. 5) We are encouraging drop off and pick up of the participants to reduce bodies in the building. Please do not bring siblings to hang out in the building during the ice times. 6) The locker rooms and showers will not be available. Come as far dressed as possible. There will be benches available in open areas to lace up skates. 7) Entry to the building will only be through the sliding doors where rink 1, rink 2 and The Link connect. 8) All interior doors will be propped open to eliminate unnecessary transmission of germs. 9) No open skate, open hockey or open freestyle during phase 1 opening.

Apr 27th
May 28th
Jamie Senske
Rinks are opening June1st and even my sons AAA is starting up next week. The rinks are looking to get going. Is JMS getting in on the opening? they should be.

May 28th
Cullen Kiely
I saw a comment on the HF FB page that some rinks are opening June 15, but aren’t scheduling adult hockey till August.

May 28th
Jamie Senske
Thanks for the info Cullen.

May 28th
Matt Todd
If rinks and jms are going to follow with the minnesota hockey guidelines that I've seen we won't be playing until August 1st. I'm not sure what guidelines the state has or will have but that can have an impact too

Jun 6th
Austin lindemann
Let's get this bad boy fired up again. Enough of the waiting, someone is going to have to take the proverbial "first step forward" and let that be us in the great state of hockey!

Jun 8th
Cullen Kiely
The Cottage Grove Ice Arena is open for kids practice, etc., but I also see on the schedule that someone has rented ice for Adult Hockey. I was hoping for their sticks and pucks open skate to get some work in.

Jun 9th
Steve Adie
Enough of the madness, let’s play hockey

Jun 15th
David Crowe
Agreed!!

Jun 20th
Paul Groschen
Looks like Hockey games are allowed beginning July 1st at St. Louis Park arena

Jun 20th
Cullen Kiely
Last week I stopped in to my local rink just looking for some open skating to get back in some semblance of shape. I was told probably not until August. Yet, while I was there, kids were doing socially distant drills on the ice.

Jun 20th
Neil Urbanski
I would play.

Jun 21st
Tom Bergerson
Lets get the game on!

Jun 22nd
Travis Roberts
It's time to lace em up already.

Jun 22nd
Ryan Wilson
I'm ready. Too hockey.

Jun 22nd
Steve Carter
The AHA just announced their Summer League starting in mid-July.

Jun 22nd
Nate Knickrehm
Game play can start July 1

Jun 22nd
Shawn Neugebauer
Has it been confirmed that games can start on July 1st? It’s my understanding that the governors orders only allow rinks to open for youth hockey practice and games. It actually lists hockey as a “high risk” of transmission and I don’t think city owned rinks are going to allow adult hockey until the governor clears it.

Jun 22nd
Nate Knickrehm
AHA Players, Real Hockey is back! We are very excited to let you know that the Minnesota Department of Health has updated its guidelines to allow for game play starting July 1! We have a lot of opportunities for you to get back on the ice this summer and fall and finishing the 2019-20

Jun 22nd
Shawn Neugebauer
Nice! I did not see this anywhere...good to see

Jun 26th
Steve Adie
So when will the schedule reflect playing opportunities?

Jun 29th
Gary Engel
Serious case of hockey withdrawals!! Need to get back on the ice asap

Jun 30th
Nathan Dobie
Does anybody have an idea when games going to start getting posted?

Jun 30th
Jordan Perttunen
After Labor Day

Jun 30th
Tom Bergerson
Wow. No hockey until September at JMS? I see HockeyFinder is having some. I will have to look into that

Jul 1st
Jordan Perttunen
I have a skate in Somerset Youth Civic Center tonight if any one is interested in coming please pm me

Jul 2nd
Jordan Perttunen
I also have grabbed some ice at St. Louis Park

Jul 7th
Rob Jones
All, I know there is some wonderment that ice arenas may be reopening and other places are scheduling ice times and may be perplexed why JMS is not. As a very long time customer of JMS, I ask you to PLEASE allow JMS to do what they feel is best. And if this means they feel more comfortable opening ice times up after Labor Day, then we all need to respect that decision. But I also implore you to remain part of the JMS family, even if attending ice times organized by others. I thoroughly enjoy playing net with people I know, or maybe only get to skate with through JMS. We're all here to play hockey and have a good time. Lets do that when the time is right. Be sure to recheck for ice times around Labor Day! I'll look forward to seeing you on the ice!!!

Jul 8th
Cullen Kiely
Well said, Rob. I’m a veteran of well over 700 JMS games. I miss the games and the friends I’ve made here. I also really enjoy summer hockey and have been tempted to play with other groups. I still might if the time and location is just right, but my main focus is to find some open skating to get my legs back in shape for JMS this fall. I sincerely hope that Barb is enjoying this well deserved respite!

Jul 31st
Jay McNamara
I'm with Rob and Cullen!

Sep 9th
Michael Speakman
So who's going for it!?!? I can't believe this thread is 6 months old and I haven't played hockey since! I'll still be sitting it out. Things haven't really improved in my opinion. I don't blame anyone choosing either way. It really has taken a significant mental toll on me to give up one of my favorite activities. My best to all of you, all you people out there that I haven't seen in so long.

Sep 9th
Matt Todd
I'm in the high risk category so I don't think I'm going back for awhile. I want to go back so bad but it just doesn't seem wide. Things seems to be going the wrong way on the covid front. I'm with you, not playing has taken its toll on me mentally, but also physically as I've gained ten pounds.

Sep 9th
Tom Bergerson
I will be there the minute it starts back up. Looks like games in a few weeks

Sep 10th
Bill Schmidt
I will also be skating once it opens up again, I've actually been skating for over a month now. The rinks are doing what they can, with most you have to come dressed, can't use locker rooms, all require you to wear your mask to get into building, and wear it in the building unless your on the ice (I've seen a few skaters who do where mask on the ice). Some rinks check your temp upon entry (although not consistently). Not that all that precaution guarantees anything, and I don't hold judgement on those that do, or do not, choose to skate. I am looking forward to skating with some long lost friends at the Tuesday and Thursdays JMS skates I have skated for many years! HOWEVER, PLEASE CHECK YOUR TEMP BEFORE COMING TO THE RINK AND IF YOU ARE NOT FEELING WELL - DON'T SHOW UP!

Sep 11th
Rob Jones
I’ve been skating since June 1st. Have not seen issues and have not come across anyone who has had anything COVID related. Most arenas are easy to use, except Braemar and BIG (no bags, no locker rooms). Other arenas provide locker rooms with distancing, require masks to enter, some take temps, and most have no showers or water fountains and bathrooms are scarce.

Sep 11th
Steve Mechelke
I’ll wait.

Sep 13th
Trey Lowery
I feel you Speaks, I'm holding out as well. Felt really crappy to tell my team I'm not going to be joining them for the playoffs. I'm technically not medically cleared but I'd probably would've played if it weren't for COVID. Stay healthy everyone.

Sep 14th
Dan Vogtman
Some arenas are easier than others. Most are spraying down the benches between skates - same with seating for getting ready - with some sort of solution. So then it is about not having your own guys spit on the benches and minimizing contact on ice. New Hope does not allow bags which is not super convenient - so it is basically an outdoor locker room situation - which gets a bit interesting when they also have spin class going on at the same time with all the gazes we get as the moms come in to their classes and guys strapping up in the parking lot.

Sep 16th
Rick Banaszewski Administrator
Forums • JMS Talk Hello from the new owners 1 hour ago Rick Banaszewski Administrator Hi All! Our team is extremely excited to be part of this great hockey community! While we know we may not be able to meet everyone, we plan to attend and play many games, meet the community, listen to constructive feedback, look for new arenas to add, and keep this hockey community moving forward into the future. As we work on completing the transition to our team, please be on the look out for pickup games to restart at most locations. Please also understand that we are learning the behind the scenes efforts, so we may not be able to answer every question immediately. That said, we value your questions and comments, so we will get back with you as soon as we are able. As Barbara mentioned in the newsletter, we bring passion to the sport and diverse business experiences that will allow us to continue providing a wide variety of pickup games and league play at the many rinks you already know, and continue to expand the JMS hockey community footprint. We look forward to getting everyone back on the ice safely, and starting our JMS journey together. All the best, Jason Johnson Rick Banaszewski Jason Jelinek

Oct 6th
Momin Khan
Hey All, Just checking in to see how the games / Covid precautions are going? I have high risk family in my home and can't risk exposing them because I want to play hockey. Just looking for any feedback as to how it's feeling at the rink, and has anyone got sick yet? That being said, it'll likely be a while before I get back to my usual Tuesday EP skate. Just trying to see if there is hope soon for me. I can't wait to play again!

Oct 8th
Michael Speakman
I can confirm that at least one player has transferred Covid-19 to another player at an AHA game last weekend. I don't want to say which players or which teams. I'm sure that all players involved will/have been notified. But I just wanted to say that it's out there. If a player comes to hockey with Covid, there is a good chance of transmission. Stay safe everyone.

Oct 8th
Cullen Kiely
I played my first JMS game back at Polar last night. With one exception, the guys on my team were making a concerted effort to stay as spread out on the bench as possible. Still, it’s a bit disconcerting when two guys are within a couple feet of each other on the bench panting hard. It’s a bit of a crapshoot, I guess.