After an increase of COVID cases throughout the state in mid-October, Sununu ordered another ban on statewide athletic activities, including hockey. The ban was lifted two weeks later, and the season resumed.
The Flames’ success wouldn’t have been possible without the cooperation of board members, coaches, players and their families. Jeff Stavenger, who coaches his son’s 10U team, couldn’t have been prouder of the way his players have handled the emotional roller coaster ride of the past few months.
“I have a special group of kids that I will always praise for being a phenomenal group,” said Stavenger, who played for the Flames and serves on the board. “When we came back at the beginning of the season, we had a lot of new rules and protocols. For a group of 8- and 9-year-olds, they did a phenomenal job of embracing wearing masks in the locker room, getting dressed at home, staying distanced as much as possible when not on the ice.”
Bellemore believes this experience has made the program stronger.
“I think families have gotten closer,” he said. “There is some camaraderie, and everybody’s in this together. We all just want to play hockey and stay healthy.”
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