For adult league games — Monument started fresh with its summer session — 25 people are allowed on the ice at once. Pedersen said usually teams have about a dozen skaters and goalies who show up for games along with the officials.
Pedersen asks players to arrive just 15 minutes before their game and they need to try to be out of the arena about 10-15 minutes after their contest ends.
“So, basically when the Zamboni gets off the ice, people are arriving and the other people are in their room and they’re leaving,” Pedersen said. “There’s not too much crossing paths going on.”
There aren’t any strict on-ice guidelines such as wearing a mask, but Pedersen advises players to be smart and use common sense on and off the ice.
One of the biggest changes at the rink during the COVID-19 pandemic is no spectators are allowed inside. That’s especially tough on parents who can’t sit and watch their child on the ice. Pedersen always suggests to parents to take that hour when their kid is at practice and go for a walk or bike near the arena.
There aren’t any youth games being played yet — and that’s by design — just a lot of small group skills sessions, Pedersen noted.
“When the guidelines were 10 or less for a while, it was really neat to get to know the kids and you could really hone in on their strengths and weaknesses and talk to them more individually,” Pedersen said.
Pedersen has been in contact with fellow rink general managers from all over Colorado to get ideas on what they have been doing to get players on the ice and stay safe at the same time.
“Week to week we talk and see what each other is doing,” Pedersen said. “Basically, everyone’s kind of on the same page and doing the same things.”
Pedersen and the Monument Ice Rinks staff are taking their approach day-by-day to keep the hockey players and community members safe, all the while adhering to the state guidelines.
“They are constantly updating those, so you have to kind of stay on top of it,” Pedersen said. “We’re watching that carefully.”
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