Abbotsford’s The Rinks at Summit Centre has been listed by Fraser Health for a COVID-19 exposure following a charity hockey tournament. (Facebook photo)

COVID-19 exposure listed in Abbotsford ice rink

Charity hockey tournament over July 23 weekend appears to be cause

A charity hockey tournament at Abbotsford’s The Rinks at Summit Centre has been flagged by Fraser Health as having a COVID-19 public exposure.

Fraser Health posted the information over the weekend, stating that the West rink has people potentially exposed on July 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. and July 24/25 from 2 to 8 p.m.

The Your Mortgage Source Pro/Am Charity Hockey Tournament was running at those dates and times, featuring four hockey teams competing to win $10,000 for their charity of choice.

The event’s level of play was premier/A for all teams, and organizers stated in a press release that there would be one “pro hockey player” on each team.

The teams listed as competing at the event included: the Chilliwack Jets, the Big Time Regret Regretzkys, the Flyers and the Stars.

The Rinks at Summit Centre has been used by several British Columbia Hockey League teams for recent prospect camps, including the Victoria Grizzlies, Nanaimo Clippers and Alberni Valley Bulldogs.

The Victoria Grizzlies goaltender prospects development camp occurred on the same days as the tournament.

The possible exposure listed by Fraser Health is believed to be low risk, but they have asked anyone who might have visited any of the locations listed on the specified dates and times to monitor themselves for symptoms.

Tournament organizer Alex Kotai told The News that he followed all COVID-19 guidelines and Fraser Health told him they did nothing wrong. He added that he went over guidelines prior to the event with officials from Summit Centre.

Kotai stated there were approximately 60 players competing in the tournament and four or five volunteer staff involved with the event over the three days.

Teams partnered with a charity and he said the Stars won the tournament and they raised $10,000 for the charity of their choice, which was the Canucks Autism Network.

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