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Canadian Hockey League cancels 2020 playoffs, Memorial Cup

Ongoing COVID-19 pandemic leads to official cancellation of remainder of WHL season
It was a decision that was almost inevitable, and on Monday afternoon, the Canadian Hockey League made it official.

The CHL announced that in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the three regional leagues – including the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League – would all officially be cancelling the remainder of their seasons, including the playoffs and Memorial Cup that was to be hosted by the Kelowna Rockets.

“We have continued to monitor the latest updates and advice from all public health agencies and medical experts, and worked tirelessly to determine a scenario by which the balance of our season could be played,” the CHL said in a statement. “Unfortunately, given the troubling state of our global climate and public welfare, there is still too much risk and uncertainty to move forward in good conscience.”

The release added that all three leagues “take great pride in providing the best environment for our players both on and off the ice with health and safety for them, and all stakeholders of our game, at the forefront.

“We look forward with hope that next season will provide new opportunity to celebrate, and that the Memorial Cup will be presented at our prestigious national championship, hosted by the OHL in May, 2021.”

 




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