By Herald on December 15, 2020.
The Western Hockey League has announced it will delay the start of the 2020-21 WHL Regular Season, with the the board of governors planning to meet in January to consider potential start dates following further consultation with regional health authorities.
With public health restrictions in place across western Canada and the northwest United States, the WHL says it is not in a position to start its regular season as earlier announced for Jan. 8.
The WHL says it will continue to work with government and health authorities to consider schedule options for the 2020-21 WHL season. The league says it has developed a series of protocols in consultation with health authorities that are necessary to protect players, staff, officials, and fans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We continue to make every effort to get our season started, but our first priority has always been the health and safety of our players, and everyone associated with the WHL,” said WHL Commissioner Ron Robison in a press release.
“Given the public health restrictions that are currently in effect, we are not in a position to determine a new target date for our season. We will continue to consult with health authorities to determine when it is safe and responsible to get our season started.”