This week the Western New York Amateur Hockey League announced that it is taking legal action against Governor Cuomo and New York State in an effort to restore competitive games and league play this season. The Jr. Amerks have joined this lawsuit alongside the WNYAHL in the hope that we can finally lift the restrictions preventing our kids from playing games, and get our competitive season underway.
The Jr. Amerks have been a part of the WNYAHL for many years as most of our travel teams participate in this league each season. We’re grateful for the efforts of WNYAHL to bring hockey back, and proud to support this lawsuit on behalf of all families in the Jr. Amerks organization.
The Jr. Amerks believe that games can be played safely this season. Since the season started in September, Jr. Amerks players and families have demonstrated that following our COVID-19 safety guidelines reduces the risk of transmission among our teams. The Jr. Amerks have nearly 750 players and 53 teams on the ice this season, and there has been little-to-no known transmission among players on our teams while they are in our rinks. The Jr. Amerks COVID-19 tracking team takes swift action to protect our players when positive cases of COVID-19 are identified, and will continue these safety practices for as long as it’s needed.
Other organizations, including the New York State Amateur Hockey Association, have announced they are filing similar lawsuits to WNYAHL. The Jr. Amerks will share more info as we learn more about this effort to bring hockey back in New York State.