Mi’kmaq youth hockey tournament in Membertou cancels games despite earlier precautions

The Wally Bernard Memorial Youth Hockey Tournament organizers cancelled the event after meeting with chief and council of Membertou First Nation.

Hockey Nova Scotia said in a release that all Hockey Nova Scotia-sanctioned events would be cancelled effective March 13 until further notice in response to concerns about COVID-19. However, organizers of the Wally Bernard tournament held off cancelling the games and said they were sanctioned by the Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Hockey Association. But after community leadership expressed concerns, the tournament was cancelled and will be rescheduled for some time in September.

“I personally feel that we were taking proper steps to keeping everyone safe,” said Michael Isadore, co-ordinator of the youth hockey tournament. “It’s disappointing but we will try to get a tournament together in September.” Full story here.

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