Return To Hockey 2020

In our 13 years we have never spent more than four consecutive days off the ice. It’s hard to believe that our temporary suspension of operations, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was over five months. During this time, we’ve been moved by the support that our players have shown and are excited to get back playing the game we all love. On Thursday, August 13th, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts issued an amendment to Phase III, Step I, that allowed hockey games to be played, with restrictions, effective 8/17. We’re pleased to have returned to the ice as of that date.

Together, we can do this in a safe and responsible manner. We’ve established this page as a reference guide for our players as we prepare to return to the ice. It will be updated as new information becomes available. We’re calling it Return to Hockey 2020 and we can’t wait to welcome you back to the ice.

Our Commitment to Your Wellness

StinkySocks Hockey has always been about wellness. Getting on the ice to play the game we love is a way for us to all to enhance our physical and mental wellbeing. One of our founding values is to maintain an environment that protects players from anything that detracts from an enjoyable experience. Our goal during reopening is to continue that, with new and additional attention given to reducing the risk that COVID-19 may pose to our community.

Our goals for a successful return to hockey are to have our players and staff feel comfortable, have them feel protected, and to create a safer environment to reduce the chance of another suspension of play.

At The Rink

We’re working with our rink partners as they each roll out their plans for safety and wellbeing at the rink. At the very least this includes enhanced sanitizing throughout the facility, with greater attention to touch points (handles, knobs, fixtures, benches, vending machines) and high use areas (benches, lobby, restrooms). Players should expect one way traffic patterns in the rink to maintain distance between visitors. Players will be required to space out in locker rooms and on the benches to provide appropriate distancing. No spectators will be allowed at this time and showers will not be available.

On and off the ice, the state requires our game staff to wear face coverings, and direct interaction will be limited. Additionally, our referees will be wearing gloves and using electronic whistles. Per state requirements, all players are required to wear a face covering (the one we offer is in our pro shop) when not physically on the ice, including on the benches. Face offs will be limited to those who optionally choose to wear their face covering on the ice.

Contact Tracing

One of the great things about the StinkySocks Hockey community is that our players respect and care for each other. Now more than ever that matters. If you find out that you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 after playing with us, we ask that you help protect others by informing us by phone or email. Your identity will never be disclosed.

Part of our plan for returning to the ice is having a definite list of players who were present at each game to enable effective contact tracing and notification. In the case that we are notified of such a situation, we’ll inform anyone who may have come into contact with that person. For Standard Games that means that all players will be required to have and wear a StinkySocks Hockey jersey that is registered to them in order to be eligible to play. For BYOT games, captains will certify which players on their roster are present.

Guidelines, Recommendations & Policy Changes

StinkySocks Hockey will have additional guidelines that are beyond those of public health officials. Many of those are common sense reminders and some are small changes in the way we operate to reduce risk. We invite you to review the “Guidelines for Participation:” section on this page for the most current guidelines. We’ve also established policy changes that support those, located below under “Policy Changes.”

Keep the Feedback Coming

If you see something that makes you feel uncomfortable or have suggestions of how we can increase the comfort and safety of everyone, please let us know. Many of the best ideas on how we can return to the ice the right way will come from our players.

State Mandated Requirements and Guidelines for Reopening

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts released an amended version of the Safety Standards for Youth and Adult Amateur Sports Activities – Phase III, Step 1 on August 13, 2020. A full copy of the document can be viewed on Mass.gov. Effective August 17th, ice hockey games may be played as long as organizers and facilities can develop and implement sport-specific “minimum mandatory standards for modification of play.” Below is a summary of the state’s requirements, as they relates to risk category assigned to the sport of ice hockey.

Mandatory modification of play: Modify play to limit contact or increase distancing for participants where there is intermittent close participant proximity and/or sustained face to face contact between participants. Modifications should strive to keep participants 6 feet apart for the majority of play and must eliminate all deliberate contact.

Our implementation: Our rules already prohibit deliberate contact. The other rule changes that we’re implementing to limit contact and increase distancing are below.

Modification of Play to Meet State Minimum Requirements

  • Goalie proximity rule - Skaters must at no point can be stationary within 6’′of a goalie. Players must also immediately move away from the net in the case a goalie has the puck tied up.
  • Additional physical contact rules - Players cannot make deliberate physical contact with another player in any way (e.g. leaning against another player along the boards). Players must minimize incidental contact whenever possible.
  • Face off rule - Only wings and centers who are wearing face coverings can approach the line as usual for a face off. Those who do not have a face covering must step back one stick length towards their own end. In the case that a center from each team does not have a face covering, the referee will institute an alternative play start.
  • Congregation rule - The play will be called dead in the case that a puck is in play but tied up within a congregation of players for more than 5 seconds. This usually occurs along the boards.

Additional Rules

  • Players must immediately distance themselves from others following a whistle.
  • Minimize talking unless absolutely necessary. Arguing of calls is not permitted.

Organizer Responsibilities (StinkySocks Hockey)

  • To participate or attend, ensure that players and staff show no signs or symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days
  • Require participants to wear facial coverings when possible
  • Require officials to wear face coverings at all times
  • Allow no more than 25 players on the ice at one time
  • Require 6’of distance at all time on benches
  • Do not allow spectators to attend
  • Prohibit contact sportsmanship, including handshakes/slaps/fist bumps
  • Ensure participants do not congregate anywhere before or after a game
  • Require participants to leave the facility immediately following the game
  • Require 6′ of distance between individuals whenever possible
  • Mandate that participants drink only from their own containers
  • Encourage participants to arrive as dressed as possible to limit time in confined areas, such as locker rooms
  • Achieve proper hand washing for all participants and staff through availability of hand washing and/or hand sanitizer
  • Ensure that hand sanitizer is available, in conjunction with the facility

Facility Responsibilities (Rinks)

  • Establish signage and visual guides
  • Allow no more than 50% of normal capacity in locker rooms
  • Institute one-way entrance and exit traffic patterns, where feasible
  • Prohibit use of shower facilities
  • Open water bubbles and fountains for refilling of bottles only
  • Ensure participants do not congregate anywhere before or after a game
  • Clean benches and locker rooms between uses
  • Provide access to hand washing facilities and/or hand sanitizer
  • Log personal contact data for contact tracing, in conjunction with the organizer
  • Frequently disinfect high-touch surfaces and heavy transit areas and bathrooms
  • In the event of a positive case, shut down for deep cleaning and disinfecting
Mandatory Modification of Play

Mandatory modification of play: Modify play to limit contact or increase distancing for participants where there is intermittent close participant proximity and/or sustained face to face contact between participants. Modifications should strive to keep participants 6 feet apart for the majority of play and must eliminate all deliberate contact.

Our implementation: Our rules already prohibit deliberate contact. The other rule changes that we’re implementing to limit contact and increase distancing are below.

Modification of Play to Meet State Minimum Requirements

  • Goalie proximity rule - Skaters must at no point can be stationary within 6’′of a goalie. Players must also immediately move away from the net in the case a goalie has the puck tied up.
  • Additional physical contact rules - Players cannot make deliberate physical contact with another player in any way (e.g. leaning against another player along the boards). Players must minimize incidental contact whenever possible.
  • Face off rule - Only wings and centers who are wearing face coverings can approach the line as usual for a face off. Those who do not have a face covering must step back one stick length towards their own end. In the case that a center from each team does not have a face covering, the referee will institute an alternative play start.
  • Congregation rule - The play will be called dead in the case that a puck is in play but tied up within a congregation of players for more than 5 seconds. This usually occurs along the boards.

Additional Rules

  • Players must immediately distance themselves from others following a whistle.
  • Minimize talking unless absolutely necessary. Arguing of calls is not permitted.
Organizer Requirements (StinkySocks Hockey)

Organizer Responsibilities (StinkySocks Hockey)

  • To participate or attend, ensure that players and staff show no signs or symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days
  • Require participants to wear facial coverings when possible
  • Require officials to wear face coverings at all times
  • Allow no more than 25 players on the ice at one time
  • Require 6’of distance at all time on benches
  • Do not allow spectators to attend
  • Prohibit contact sportsmanship, including handshakes/slaps/fist bumps
  • Ensure participants do not congregate anywhere before or after a game
  • Require participants to leave the facility immediately following the game
  • Require 6′ of distance between individuals whenever possible
  • Mandate that participants drink only from their own containers
  • Encourage participants to arrive as dressed as possible to limit time in confined areas, such as locker rooms
  • Achieve proper hand washing for all participants and staff through availability of hand washing and/or hand sanitizer
  • Ensure that hand sanitizer is available, in conjunction with the facility
Facility Requirements (Rinks)

Facility Responsibilities (Rinks)

  • Establish signage and visual guides
  • Allow no more than 50% of normal capacity in locker rooms
  • Institute one-way entrance and exit traffic patterns, where feasible
  • Prohibit use of shower facilities
  • Open water bubbles and fountains for refilling of bottles only
  • Ensure participants do not congregate anywhere before or after a game
  • Clean benches and locker rooms between uses
  • Provide access to hand washing facilities and/or hand sanitizer
  • Log personal contact data for contact tracing, in conjunction with the organizer
  • Frequently disinfect high-touch surfaces and heavy transit areas and bathrooms
  • In the event of a positive case, shut down for deep cleaning and disinfecting

What to Expect

Modification of Play to Meet State Minimum Requirements

  • Goalie proximity rule - Skaters must at no point can be stationary within 6’′of a goalie. Players must also immediately move away from the net in the case a goalie has the puck tied up.
  • Additional physical contact rules - Players cannot make deliberate physical contact with another player in any way (e.g. leaning against another player along the boards). Players must minimize incidental contact whenever possible.
  • Face off rule - Only wings and centers who are wearing face coverings can approach the line as usual for a face off. Those who do not have a face covering must step back one stick length towards their own end. In the case that a center from each team does not have a face covering, the referee will institute an alternative play start.
  • Congregation rule - The play will be called dead in the case that a puck is in play but tied up within a congregation of players for more than 5 seconds. This usually occurs along the boards.

Additional Rules

  • Players must immediately distance themselves from others following a whistle.
  • Minimize talking unless absolutely necessary. Arguing of calls is not permitted.

Out of an abundance of caution, the protections that we and our rink partners put in place may exceed those from state and local health officials. Below are the requirements and recommendations that are in place until further notice.

Requirements - Before/After the Game

  • By attending, you certify that you have not shown and signs or symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
  • If you’re not feeling well, don't go to the rink. Relaxed cancellation policies are in place.
  • A face covering (one that we offer is in our pro shop) must be worn at all times in the building, except when physically on the ice.
  • Only players and staff are permitted to enter facilities. No spectators or guests are permitted.
  • Arrive only 15 minutes before your game.
  • 6' of distance must be kept from others whenever possible while in the building, including in locker rooms. Locker room capacity will be reduced to 50% by facilities.
  • Sanitize your hands when entering and exiting the rink.
  • Follow all posted signs at the rink, and direction from rink staff.
  • Use of shower facilities is not permitted.
  • Leave the rink soon after the game ends.
  • No congregating at the rink or parking lot is permitted.

Requirements - During the Game 

  • A face covering must be worn while on the benches. Only those (optionally) wearing face coverings on the ice will be allowed to participate in face offs.
  • 6' of distance must be kept from others whenever possible on the benches.
  • Keep distance from others beyond what is expected during play.
  • Refrain from talking on the ice and benches unless absolutely necessary. Arguing of calls will not not be tolerated.
  • Spitting is not permitted on the ice or anywhere else.
  • Do not share water bottles. If you bring a water bottle, please clearly mark it with your name.
  • Postgame handshakes are not permitted.

Recommendations

  • Anyone who is in a high risk category (as defined by CDC) should NOT come to the rink.
  • We strongly recommend being dressed and ready to go in order to limit your time in the locker room.
  • Wear a helmet hockey face shield or any face covering while on the ice. If you choose to not wear a face covering on the ice, we ask that you store it in a bag or container that is labeled with your name and left in the bench area during that time.

Resuming Unlimited Membership Payments and Benefits

All Unlimited Memberships have been on hold and are currently set to resume on 9/8/2020. Payments will run and membership benefits will resume on that date. Any Unlimited Member who wishes to reactivate their membership before 9/8 may do so at a prorated amount.

Credits for Missed Benefits During Closure

Unlimited benefits became unavailable as of 3/13/2o2o, which was mid membership month for many members. All Unlimited members should have received an email containing the details of how many days were paid for while benefits were unavailable, along with a prorated credit for those in the form of a gift certificate code. That code can be used towards NCH games that take place before memberships are reactivated, request that the funds be put towards future Unlimited Membership payments, or cashed out as a refund to their original form of payment.

Contactless Attendance

Our unique jersey numbering enables contactless attendance and gives us a high certainty of positively identifying players. Effective immediately, all skaters will be required to wear a StinkySocks Hockey jersey to participate in Standard Games/No Commitment Hockey. Goalies are exempt from the jersey requirement and it does not apply to BYOT games.

Permanent Policy Change: StinkySocks Hockey jerseys are required for all skaters to participate in any Standard Game.

To make our jerseys more accessible we’re covering part of the cost of buying one by offering 40% off for a limited time. Get started by browsing available jersey options and use coupon code RTH2020 at checkout. Although jerseys are also discounted for goalies, they always get one as a free gift when committing to a season pass.

Requirements Through September

  • Through September, there will be a hard cutoff for booking No Commitment Hockey, as follows:
    • 6PM on the day of the game for games after 7PM
    • 6PM the day prior for games starting before noon
    • 11AM on the day of the game for games between 12PM and 5:55PM
  • Players must observe the temporary “Guidelines for Participation”.

The Summer Season

There will be no new season passes through the end of August, only individual games through No Commitment Hockey. NCH games are available for purchase now, with additional ones being released on an ongoing basis.

Temporary Policy Change: Through September we’ve relaxed our game change/cancellation policy to allow players to cancel up until 2 hours before game time for a full refund.

Season Passes

Season passes for Fall/Winter will be available for purchase in September and are scheduled to start in October. We invite those wishing to purchase a season pass to play through No Commitment Hockey through September.

Temporary Policy Changes: We’ve relaxed our cancellation policy for season passes through the end of 2020 to allow a full refund up until the day of your first scheduled game. Additionally, we have established a plan for season passes in the event there is another suspension of play. In the event of a closure, up to six games will be rescheduled to the end of your season pass. In the event of a closure that exceeds that, any games beyond six will be refunded.

In the event of a second closure, the following plan will apply:

    • Pause of 6 weeks or less – Season would resume again with all missed games being moved to the end of the season, thus moving the season end date back up to 6 weeks.
    • Pause of more than 6 weeks – Season would resume again with 6 weeks added to the end of the expected season end date. Any missed games that exceed 6 weeks will be cut from the schedule and a prorated refund issued.

Paused Season Passes from the Spring/Summer

Whenever possible, season passes will resume when play at that the location resumes. In the event that a season cannot resume within a reasonable timeframe players can expect a prorated credit for the games that were missed. Players who have had their seasons paused at locations that are returning should have already received an email with details on their restart.

Resuming BYOT Leagues

Any league that was paused will resume when it’s location reopens. Any team payments that had not been split will be shortly before play resumes. Team conference calls will take place to discuss any questions or concerns.

Contactless Attendance

Attendance is now contactless, with the team captain certifying their team’s roster on the day of the game. Based on that roster, we are required to email each player the latest state and facility guidelines before their game. In order to allow time to do so, the league office must receive roster certifications from captains no later than 5PM on the day of the game.

Renewals for Fall/Winter

Renewals are already in process for BYOT leagues that ended in March due to high demand from teams that played in other leagues that have folded, many teams starting to ask about fall/winter, as well as our new BYOT locations.. Captains should expect to hear from the league regarding renewals in August or can find more information on their upcoming league on the BYOT Leagues page.

Plan In The Event of a Second Closure

In the event of a second closure, the following plan will apply:

  • Pause of 6 weeks or less – Season would resume again with all missed games being moved to the end of the season, thus moving the season end date back up to 6 weeks.
  • Pause of more than 6 weeks – Season would resume again with 6 weeks added to the end of the expected season end date. Any missed games that exceed 6 weeks will be cut from the schedule and a prorated refund issued.

Relaxed Cancellation Policy for No Commitment Hockey

  • Through September, we’ve relaxed our cancellation polic to allow games to be cancelled up to 4 hours prior game time in exchange for a credit in the amount of the amount paid for the game. Credits are issued as a promotional gift code that are valid for 30 days.

Relaxed Cancellation Policies for Season Passes

  • Through September, a season pass player will receive a prorated game credit in the form of a gift certificate when canceling at least 4 hours before game time. Credits are issued as a promotional gift code that are valid for 30 days. This is in addition to the standard membership benefits available to Season Pass holders.
  • Through December, Season Passes as a whole can be canceled for a refund until the day of the first game of the season.

Permanent Skater Jersey Policy Change for Standard Games/NCH

StinkySocks Hockey jerseys are required for all skaters to participate in any Standard Game. Our unique jersey numbering enables contactless attendance. This does not apply to goalies or to BYOT Leagues.

To make our jerseys more accessible we’re covering part of the cost of buying one by offering 40% off through 8/31/2020. Get started by browsing available jersey options and use coupon code RTH2020 at checkout.

Order Pickups

The ability to pick up your order at our Boston office has been suspended until 10/1/2020. Orders can be received by most Boston area customers within two business days.

Rule Changes

Modification of Play to Meet State Minimum Requirements

  • Goalie proximity rule - Skaters must at no point can be stationary within 6’′of a goalie. Players must also immediately move away from the net in the case a goalie has the puck tied up.
  • Additional physical contact rules - Players cannot make deliberate physical contact with another player in any way (e.g. leaning against another player along the boards). Players must minimize incidental contact whenever possible.
  • Face off rule - Only wings and centers who are wearing face coverings can approach the line as usual for a face off. Those who do not have a face covering must step back one stick length towards their own end. In the case that a center from each team does not have a face covering, the referee will institute an alternative play start.
  • Congregation rule - The play will be called dead in the case that a puck is in play but tied up within a congregation of players for more than 5 seconds. This usually occurs along the boards.

Additional Rules

  • Players must immediately distance themselves from others following a whistle.
  • Minimize talking unless absolutely necessary. Arguing of calls is not permitted.
Guidelines for Participation

Out of an abundance of caution, the protections that we and our rink partners put in place may exceed those from state and local health officials. Below are the requirements and recommendations that are in place until further notice.

Requirements - Before/After the Game

  • By attending, you certify that you have not shown and signs or symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
  • If you’re not feeling well, don't go to the rink. Relaxed cancellation policies are in place.
  • A face covering (one that we offer is in our pro shop) must be worn at all times in the building, except when physically on the ice.
  • Only players and staff are permitted to enter facilities. No spectators or guests are permitted.
  • Arrive only 15 minutes before your game.
  • 6' of distance must be kept from others whenever possible while in the building, including in locker rooms. Locker room capacity will be reduced to 50% by facilities.
  • Sanitize your hands when entering and exiting the rink.
  • Follow all posted signs at the rink, and direction from rink staff.
  • Use of shower facilities is not permitted.
  • Leave the rink soon after the game ends.
  • No congregating at the rink or parking lot is permitted.

Requirements - During the Game 

  • A face covering must be worn while on the benches. Only those (optionally) wearing face coverings on the ice will be allowed to participate in face offs.
  • 6' of distance must be kept from others whenever possible on the benches.
  • Keep distance from others beyond what is expected during play.
  • Refrain from talking on the ice and benches unless absolutely necessary. Arguing of calls will not not be tolerated.
  • Spitting is not permitted on the ice or anywhere else.
  • Do not share water bottles. If you bring a water bottle, please clearly mark it with your name.
  • Postgame handshakes are not permitted.

Recommendations

  • Anyone who is in a high risk category (as defined by CDC) should NOT come to the rink.
  • We strongly recommend being dressed and ready to go in order to limit your time in the locker room.
  • Wear a helmet hockey face shield or any face covering while on the ice. If you choose to not wear a face covering on the ice, we ask that you store it in a bag or container that is labeled with your name and left in the bench area during that time.
Unlimited Memberships

Resuming Unlimited Membership Payments and Benefits

All Unlimited Memberships have been on hold and are currently set to resume on 9/8/2020. Payments will run and membership benefits will resume on that date. Any Unlimited Member who wishes to reactivate their membership before 9/8 may do so at a prorated amount.

Credits for Missed Benefits During Closure

Unlimited benefits became unavailable as of 3/13/2o2o, which was mid membership month for many members. All Unlimited members should have received an email containing the details of how many days were paid for while benefits were unavailable, along with a prorated credit for those in the form of a gift certificate code. That code can be used towards NCH games that take place before memberships are reactivated, request that the funds be put towards future Unlimited Membership payments, or cashed out as a refund to their original form of payment.

Standard Games & NCH

Contactless Attendance

Our unique jersey numbering enables contactless attendance and gives us a high certainty of positively identifying players. Effective immediately, all skaters will be required to wear a StinkySocks Hockey jersey to participate in Standard Games/No Commitment Hockey. Goalies are exempt from the jersey requirement and it does not apply to BYOT games.

Permanent Policy Change: StinkySocks Hockey jerseys are required for all skaters to participate in any Standard Game.

To make our jerseys more accessible we’re covering part of the cost of buying one by offering 40% off for a limited time. Get started by browsing available jersey options and use coupon code RTH2020 at checkout. Although jerseys are also discounted for goalies, they always get one as a free gift when committing to a season pass.

Requirements Through September

  • Through September, there will be a hard cutoff for booking No Commitment Hockey, as follows:
    • 6PM on the day of the game for games after 7PM
    • 6PM the day prior for games starting before noon
    • 11AM on the day of the game for games between 12PM and 5:55PM
  • Players must observe the temporary “Guidelines for Participation”.

The Summer Season

There will be no new season passes through the end of August, only individual games through No Commitment Hockey. NCH games are available for purchase now, with additional ones being released on an ongoing basis.

Temporary Policy Change: Through September we’ve relaxed our game change/cancellation policy to allow players to cancel up until 2 hours before game time for a full refund.

Season Passes

Season passes for Fall/Winter will be available for purchase in September and are scheduled to start in October. We invite those wishing to purchase a season pass to play through No Commitment Hockey through September.

Temporary Policy Changes: We’ve relaxed our cancellation policy for season passes through the end of 2020 to allow a full refund up until the day of your first scheduled game. Additionally, we have established a plan for season passes in the event there is another suspension of play. In the event of a closure, up to six games will be rescheduled to the end of your season pass. In the event of a closure that exceeds that, any games beyond six will be refunded.

In the event of a second closure, the following plan will apply:

    • Pause of 6 weeks or less – Season would resume again with all missed games being moved to the end of the season, thus moving the season end date back up to 6 weeks.
    • Pause of more than 6 weeks – Season would resume again with 6 weeks added to the end of the expected season end date. Any missed games that exceed 6 weeks will be cut from the schedule and a prorated refund issued.

Paused Season Passes from the Spring/Summer

Whenever possible, season passes will resume when play at that the location resumes. In the event that a season cannot resume within a reasonable timeframe players can expect a prorated credit for the games that were missed. Players who have had their seasons paused at locations that are returning should have already received an email with details on their restart.

BYOT Leagues

Resuming BYOT Leagues

Any league that was paused will resume when it’s location reopens. Any team payments that had not been split will be shortly before play resumes. Team conference calls will take place to discuss any questions or concerns.

Contactless Attendance

Attendance is now contactless, with the team captain certifying their team’s roster on the day of the game. Based on that roster, we are required to email each player the latest state and facility guidelines before their game. In order to allow time to do so, the league office must receive roster certifications from captains no later than 5PM on the day of the game.

Renewals for Fall/Winter

Renewals are already in process for BYOT leagues that ended in March due to high demand from teams that played in other leagues that have folded, many teams starting to ask about fall/winter, as well as our new BYOT locations.. Captains should expect to hear from the league regarding renewals in August or can find more information on their upcoming league on the BYOT Leagues page.

Plan In The Event of a Second Closure

In the event of a second closure, the following plan will apply:

  • Pause of 6 weeks or less – Season would resume again with all missed games being moved to the end of the season, thus moving the season end date back up to 6 weeks.
  • Pause of more than 6 weeks – Season would resume again with 6 weeks added to the end of the expected season end date. Any missed games that exceed 6 weeks will be cut from the schedule and a prorated refund issued.
Policy Changes

Relaxed Cancellation Policy for No Commitment Hockey

  • Through September, we’ve relaxed our cancellation polic to allow games to be cancelled up to 4 hours prior game time in exchange for a credit in the amount of the amount paid for the game. Credits are issued as a promotional gift code that are valid for 30 days.

Relaxed Cancellation Policies for Season Passes

  • Through September, a season pass player will receive a prorated game credit in the form of a gift certificate when canceling at least 4 hours before game time. Credits are issued as a promotional gift code that are valid for 30 days. This is in addition to the standard membership benefits available to Season Pass holders.
  • Through December, Season Passes as a whole can be canceled for a refund until the day of the first game of the season.

Permanent Skater Jersey Policy Change for Standard Games/NCH

StinkySocks Hockey jerseys are required for all skaters to participate in any Standard Game. Our unique jersey numbering enables contactless attendance. This does not apply to goalies or to BYOT Leagues.

To make our jerseys more accessible we’re covering part of the cost of buying one by offering 40% off through 8/31/2020. Get started by browsing available jersey options and use coupon code RTH2020 at checkout.

Order Pickups

The ability to pick up your order at our Boston office has been suspended until 10/1/2020. Orders can be received by most Boston area customers within two business days.

Face coverings, defined...

Face coverings are required everywhere except when a player active on the ice. This includes in the locker room, on benches, and when on the ice between periods.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts provides guidance and a definition of what a face covering is by saying it is “ideally a cloth mask with multiple layers, but it can be anything that covers your nose and mouth, including scarves, bandanas and dust masks without valves. A dust mask that has a valve will filter the air you breathe in, but not the air you breathe out. If you wear a dust mask with a valve, be sure to cover up the exhale valve with tape or another adhesive. Please do not use health care masks such as the N95 masks – those are made for health care workers and should be preserved for their use.”

Given this guidance, your face covering must be:

  • Made of a solid material that covers your nose and mouth
  • Stays in place on its own

It must not be:

  • Have any valves unless they are completely sealed off.

Any face covering that meets that description above may be used EXCEPT IN ANDOVER. Phillips Academy is the only facility that has their own set of rules that do not permit gaiters or bandanas on their campus.

Below are the face coverings available for purchase from StinkySocks Hockey:

Performance 3-ply Face Mask

StinkySocks Hockey Gaiter in navy

StinkySocks Hockey Gaiter in red/white/navy

Location Reopening

Our rinks will be reopened on a rolling basis. Below are the dates as of now, which are subject to change.

AUGUST

Bedford (8/19)
Brighton (8/19)
Burlington – mornings (8/20)
Cambridge (8/31)
Marlboro (8/31)
Natick (8/17)
Revere *new* (8/18)
W Roxbury (8/19)
Westborough (8/19)

SEPTEMBER

Andover
Burlington – evenings *new*
Charlestown
Chelmsford
Dedham *new*
Dorchester
East Boston *new*
Hopedale *new*
Hyde Park
Milton
S Boston

DATE NOT SET AS OF NOW

Bentley University *new* (TBA)
BU’s Agganis Arena (TBA)
Concord (TBA)
North End (late winter)
Somerville

Breakaway

Jerseys

All skaters must own and wear a StinkySocks Hockey jersey registered to them in order to be eligible to participate in Standard Games through No Commitment Hockey or a Season Pass.

StinkySocks Hockey jerseys are designed by us with the intent for them to be the only jerseys that you'll ever need in your hockey bag. With a unique identification number on each, they are a primary source of player identification and enable contactless attendance at our games.

We offer a reversible jersey that has navy on one side and white on the other, or a set of lace-up jerseys. The reversible is the most inexpensive option and also the most convenient since you'll always have both jerseys at hand. Those who prefer a traditional jersey may be interested in a pair of lace-up jerseys, one being navy and the other white. Both options are made with the thinnest and most breathable performance materials, while also ensuring that they are durable enough for hockey. Those considering our reversible jerseys should be aware that although lightweight materials are used, they will be heavier overall in comparison our lace-up jerseys, due to the need for a 2-ply fabric. Despite that, they still are about the same weight overall as any jersey that you may have from your favorite college or pro team. Nonetheless, those who heat up easy or want a super light and breathable option will find that the lace-up jerseys are their best option. Be sure to complete your uniform with a set of SSH Hockey Socks.