In an effort to provide transparency to our thinking and help our families plan the best we all can in this highly fluid environment, we wanted to provide a quick update on the Jets plans for our Top Gun Spring program.
In our last communication a week ago, we postponed the start of all Jets programming from March 15th to a tentative March 29th date. Given the events of last week with the closing of Chicago Schools through Friday, April 17th and the Governor's shelter in place order through April 7th, our hope of kicking off Spring on the 29th is no longer realistic.
As of today,
the earliest we expect to restart Spring programming will be Sunday, April 19th and we are targeting Sunday, May 3rd as a backup start date if conditions do not allow for April. That said, we continue to work with our great partners at Johnny's IceHouse on contingency ice and we still expect to conduct a full Top Gun Spring program with the same scope as we originally planned even with a later start date. The Midget Showcase will still take place and will kick off the first Sunday of programming when we restart as well.
Our plans for optional spring tournament participation have not changed at this point. The Chi-Town Shuffle has been postponed from April 16-18 to a new date of July 17-19 and we plan to field birth year teams in this tournament on the new date, even if our spring programming is largely complete before that. The Chicago Shootout (May 1-3) and Glacier Invitational (May 12-17) are still moving forward with their planned dates as of now. We will continue to monitor these tournaments and will communicate further plans and logistics as we get closer to those dates if they go ahead as planned.
You may have seen via e-mail or on social media that Johnny's IceHouse elected to voluntarily close this past Tuesday. They will continue to monitor the situation daily and if possible, reopen for very small group skates, earlier than the Jets will be able to kick off full spring programming. Check Johnny's website or monitor the Jets Facebook or Twitter feeds for more updates.
Finally, for anyone who may not have seen them, please visit the Jets Facebook page to learn about the Jets 5,000 shot and 10,000 touch challenges, get off-ice training exercises from GVN, and see goalie-specific activity suggestions from Coach Brad Neal to help keep our players busy and active during this crazy time!
Once again, we appreciate your patience and understanding over the coming weeks while we wait for the tide to inevitably turn. Wash your hands and stay safe...