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Statement Regarding QMJHL Schedule Announcement

January 27, 2021 - Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) - Charlottetown Islanders News Release


CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The Charlottetown Islanders organization is appreciative of the efforts by Prince Edward Island's Chief Public Health Office in reviewing our return to play against Nova Scotia-based teams in conjunction with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. We have confirmed with the Chief Public Health Office that Islanders players and hockey staff are eligible to apply to work-isolate. Any incoming teams will also be subject to work-isolation rules while in Prince Edward Island.

"The decision to return to play was not made lightly, and was made with the best interest of our players' development and well-being in mind." said Islanders President of Operations Craig Foster. "As Prince Edward Island's only major junior franchise, it is important for us to provide our players with appropriate development opportunities. The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League helps create future career opportunities for our players, whether that be in the classroom or on the ice, and we want to ensure that we're doing our absolute best to provide them with those opportunities."

In accordance with work-isolation rules, our players and hockey staff will be subject to the following guidelines:

Players and hockey staff will work-isolate for 14 days after returning from away games, or after playing visiting teams in Charlottetown.

Members of visiting teams will be subject to the same work-isolation rules while on PEI.

Similar to others who work-isolate, players and hockey staff are only allowed to leave isolation to participate in practices and games.

Players and hockey staff will follow the testing regime of testing three (3) times: at days 0-1, 4-6, and 9-11.

Our players and staff have exercised extreme caution and will remain diligent in ensuring that all participating in the Charlottetown Islanders season remain safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. The following precautions and protocols have been, and continue to be, in place:

Players, hockey staff, billet families, and full-time business staff have submitted daily symptoms checks prior to arriving at the rink. In addition, players and hockey staff submit daily temperature checks before entering the dressing room.

Any player reporting symptoms is required to stay home and monitor symptoms. Depending on the nature and/or the number of symptoms, the player or staff member is required to self-isolate until they produce a negative COVID-19 test.

All billet families were rigorously screened to identify any pre-existing medical conditions that may subject them to heightened vulnerability. Any families that didn't meet health criteria were unable to house a player this season.

Any player that has arrived to Prince Edward Island from outside approved travel areas during the season has completed a mandatory 14-day isolation period prior to joining the team. That includes players traveling from outside the Atlantic Bubble prior to the season, and all players who returned to the province from holiday break in January. As of January 27th, two players remain in isolation after arriving on PEI last week.

All players and staff are required to wear protective masks whenever they are not on the ice. Coaches and training staff are required to wear masks and goggles while on the bench during games.

Stringent cleaning measures have been implemented in the dressing room, training area, and on the bench. Regular sanitizing is to take place following any on-ice or training session. The players' benches are sanitized following each period of play during games. Training staff are to wear gloves throughout the day for cleaning and disinfecting of dressing room, bench and all other player areas.

All players attend school remotely under the guidance of our academic advisors. No players attend school in-person.

We will continue to adhere to the CPHO's guidelines regarding in-arena attendance, and hope to have a further announcement ahead of our first home game of 2021.

All games for the time being will be played against the Halifax Mooseheads and Cape Breton Eagles. We will continue to keep fans updated if any schedule changes should occur.

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