Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League games will not be happening this season.
The VIJHL announced Tuesday that it has cancelled the remainder of the 2020-21 season due to current COVID-19 restrictions.
“After much consideration and based on a review of the recent PHO orders it was unanimously determined by the governors to bring the 2020 -2021 VIJHL season to a conclusion,” league president, Simon Morgan, said in a press release.
VIJHL had managed to play games in October and November, until current COVID protocols restricting league sports, which limit social gatherings to a person’s immediate household regardless of whether it is indoors or outdoors, were introduced.
While NHL and WHL games have been permitted to resume in British Columbia, provincial health officials have not allowed other leagues such as the VIJHL and BCHL to resume play.
Morgan said it seems likely the province will permit VIJHL games anytime soon.
“The current [provincial health] discussions show it is unlikely there will be any changes in their current direction from where we are today and with the added pressures from facilities comparing the teams need for ice usage against the need for the removal of the ice for other sport or health-related events, it seemed that this is the time to make this decision,” he said in the release.
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