Huskies Luxembourg announces coach line up & conditions of play this season
After an extensive head coach search and after careful consideration, the board has decided to hold off on hiring a new HC for this season and instead rely on our three loyal and committed professional coaches – Luxembourg hockey federation and national team coach Petr Fical, Yuri Esipov, and Jouni Sinikorpi.
Going forward, each coach will take responsibility for specific age groups:
U7&9 Yuri Esipov
U11&13 Jouni Sinikorpi
U15-20 Petr Fical
Goalie training will rotate among U7/U9/ U11 for every practice. Once a month, Philippe Lepage (Tornado and national goalie) will offer goalie training.
Here are some other announcements from our latest board meeting:
This season will be slightly shorter due to the 2022 IIHF World Championship taking place in Luxembourg on 3-9 April 2022. This will also allow subsequent works to separate the two rinks’ ice cooling systems to proceed. When completed by the 2022-2023 season, this work will allow for a longer season. That will mean the season will end earlier and next season will start later than usual.
No parents in rink
Parents will continue to have no access to the rink except during games. This has been decided by the rink organising body Grand Hiversport as a permanent solution, especially since coaches see no benefit to the children having their parents watching. The team manager and covid manager will also be expected to leave the rink as soon as kids are on ice.
The coaches have put in place the following rules concerning tardiness:
- 1st time late: 10 push-ups
- 2nd time late: 20 push-ups
- 3rd time late: player sent back to the lockers (not allowed to practice)
However, being late because of traffic or school does not trigger a penalty.
Players should be ready 5 minutes before practice time.
Fighting on ice: both players are benched and must remain there until practice ends.
Shooting the puck after the whistle or not listening to the coach: whole team must do laps.
Coaches will apply these rules coherently through the teams.
The current Covid rules will continue to be in effect to some extent. Players should come dressed in their equipment to training sessions as changing room space is limited. No showers will be available. Masks must be worn off-ice inside the rink and between the 2 rinks.
However, current Luxembourg State rules mean that when there is a game, Covid Check applies. This means for players 6-12 years a negative test will be necessary done on site or a the result of a PCR test, or a less than 48-hour old antigen/rapid test such as done at school. Above 12 years or older the players will have to show their EU vaccination passport, the certificate showing they have been vaccinated, a certificate proving they have recovered from Covid or bear a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours old, or a negative antigen/rapid test less than 48 hours old.
Games at Kockelscheuer rink
For any games, if the club decides it wants to allow spectators, the club will have to administer the Covid Check. This will be labour-intensive and well need volunteers at each game to help check everybody. Furthermore, the club will have to fill out a web-form to inform the ministry every time a game is to be held at Kockelscheuer.
Games/Plateaux in France
For games organised in France, the French hockey federation rules stipulate that from 30 September forward, anyone over 12 years of age will have to show an EU vaccination certificate, a certificate showing they’re recovered from Covid or a less than 72-hour old negative PCR test.
For any questions, feel free to contact the board by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to one of us at the rink.