Minor hockey players in the community are set to take the ice for the first time in months.

With the province’s loosening restrictions, the South Grenville Minor Hockey Association has begun its programming for the delayed 2021 season.

League President Vicki Sargeant says after months of uncertainty, they’re excited to get back on the ice. 

“We know it’s been a tough year, there’s been a lot of change,” Sargeant said. “We are thankful for the families who stuck with us and gave us their support as we worked through it for their benefit. We just hope to have all our Rangers back one day, representing us in league play.”

Due to the delays, the league has lengthened its season until the end of March to give players a little more ice time. 

Sargeant says from there, they’re looking ahead to next season to ensure some return to a normal playing schedule for 2022. 

“We did lose some players at the beginning of the year just based on the fact that people were unsure whether their kids should play or not,” Sergeant said. “So, we’re hopeful that for next season we can get all those players returning and get our league back to where it was.”

Sargeant says the league will be operating in compliance with public health and the higher governing bodies of minor hockey. 

The SGMHA is set to resume operations on Thursday.