October 22nd, 2020

OHL’s return won’t happen with bodychecking or other physical contact: MacLeod

By The Canadian Press on October 7, 2020.

Ontario’s minister of sport says that the Ontario Hockey League will have to remove all physical contact, including bodychecking, if it’s to have a 2020-21 season.

Lisa MacLeod, minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, spoke with media this afternoon.

MacLeod says that the OHL has submitted a proposal to her ministry targeting a return to play in early December.

She also says that a four-week pause on Ontario’s reopening plan means that neither her ministry nor the OHL can do anything beyond negotiate.

MacLeod was clear, however, that a proposal from the OHL would not be accepted if it included anything but incidental body contact as the province tries to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Minor hockey associations in Ontario have a planned restart this month but without bodychecking, fighting, or faceoffs.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 7, 2020.

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