Start of VIJHL’s North Final postponed, ‘several’ players isolated with flu-like symptoms

Start of VIJHL's North Final postponed, 'several' players isolated with flu-like symptoms
The Vancouver Island Junior Hockey league has postponed the first two games of the North Divison Final between Campbell River and Parksville.

The start of the Vancouver Island North Division final has been postponed to Saturday for precautionary measures due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Game one of the best-of-seven matchup between the Parksville Generals and Campell River Storm was to begin Tuesday night in Parksville with game two slated Friday night.

In a statement, VIJHL President Barry Petrachenko says extra precautions are being administered due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, adding several players are self-isolating for influenza-like symptoms as recommended by public health officials.

“The VIJHL, in consultation with BC Hockey and the Island Health Authority are taking the measures to be extremely cautious in situations with any illnesses. The health and safety of our participants is our priority,” Petrachenko said.

He says the league and BC Hockey will provide more updates on the situation, including re-scheduled dates of games when they become available.

Petrachenko added, “Currently, no other league playoff games or BC Hockey Championships have been postponed. BC Hockey is working closely with Hockey Canada and the provincial and regional health authorities to monitor all situations daily.”

For now, the South Division final between the Victoria Cougars and Peninsula Panthers is continuing as scheduled, with game two Wednesday at Archie Browning Arena in Esquimalt.

The Cougars lead the best-of-seven series 1-0 after a 5-2 win Sunday.


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