Beavers – Thunderbirds cleared to resume team activities

SUDBURY – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced Monday that the Blind River Beavers and Soo Thunderbirds have both been cleared to resume team activities and return to the ice.

Their temporary shutdown came last week after a trio of Blind River players had displayed a number of COVID-related symptoms and in turn followed protocols, including isolating for the time being.

Following testing, all of the results have come back negative and the teams are now ready to return to the ice in preparation for their season opener Friday as the Beavers and Thunderbirds gear up to meet Friday in a 7 p.m. start at John Rhodes Community Centre.

“We commend both clubs for their stringent efforts in following the NOJHL’s protocols and procedures in this matter,” commented commissioner Robert Mazzuca.

“They did exactly what was required of them, without hesitation, and thankfully all the results showed no signs of COVID-19, so they can now get back on the ice,” added Mazzuca.

“Continued thanks also to all of our public health organizations and municipalities for their sustained efforts, guidance and assistance as we all continue to strive in maintaining the health and safety of everyone involved, as our No. 1 priority.”

The NOJHL and each of its member teams continue to work closely with provincial, regional and municipal health authorities in its continued role in tackling COVID-19 head on.