A Vancouver Island hockey league will not be dropping the puck for a little while.
The Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League announced Tuesday that it has postponed all games for the next seven days due to a recently confirmed case of COVID-19 at two schools in Nanaimo, where several players attend.
Simon Morgan, the league’s president, said no player has tested positive for COVID-19 but four teams – Nanaimo, Campbell River, Comox and Oceanside – agreed to the decision out of an abundance of caution.
“[Teams] are taking this measure out of an abundance of caution and to do everything that they can to help slow the spread of COVID-19. We expect this pause will help ensure the continued safety of their players and is in the best interest of their families, our fans, volunteers and our communities’ safety,” Morgan said in a statement.
The league stressed that the move is merely precautionary and will allow them to monitor the situation and explore “evaluate re-start activities” when they deem it appropriate to do so.
“We continue to take direction and advice from public health officials via Sport BC and local recreation authorities to help determine next steps,” Morgan added.
Four VIJHL games that were scheduled for Nov. 12, 13, and 14 have been postponed and will be rescheduled.