We will update the scores this week, but a few changes have happened for now. Though the QMJHL promises a playoff, right now, they have several teams on quarantine and not all the games have been able to be completed. Where they go is anyone’s guess. The OHL can still not get in a season of any kind due to rising numbers of COVID 19. Then there is the WHL with two teams having issues and contact problems. Here are the latest press releases from the WHL and then a press release from the CHL, which becomes really anti-climatic when everyone sees the big picture.
Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today the Kelowna Rockets have been cleared to resume team activities beginning Wednesday, April 14, after all individuals within the team cohort tested negative for COVID-19 this week.
The Rockets are scheduled to practice Wednesday for the first time since entering a league-mandated, 14-day isolation period following the discovery of a positive test for COVID-19 on Tuesday, March 30. Though seven additional positive tests for COVID-19 were discovered within the Rockets team cohort, this occurred while the individuals were in isolation and does not impact upon the initial start of the 14-day isolation period.
The Rockets are scheduled to return to game play on Saturday, April 17 at 7 p.m. PT when they face the Prince George Cougars at the Sandman Centre in Kamloops, B.C.
Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today the updated schedule of games for the Central Division for April 15 through April 19.
The Medicine Hat Tigers have been cleared to return to play following further testing for COVID-19, which yielded no positive results. Team activities for the Tigers were suspended last week after the Club was deemed to be a close contact of the Calgary Hitmen, who received one positive test for COVID-19 within the team cohort. Team activities for the Calgary Hitmen remain suspended at this time.
Central Division – Updated Schedule: April 15-19
|Thursday, April 15||7 p.m.||Edmonton at Lethbridge||Lethbridge|
|Friday, April 16||7 p.m.||Red Deer at Medicine Hat||Medicine Hat|
|Saturday, April 17||7 p.m.||Lethbridge at Edmonton||Edmonton|
|Saturday, April 17||7 p.m.||Medicine Hat at Red Deer||Red Deer|
|Sunday, April 18||7 p.m.||Edmonton at Lethbridge||Lethbridge|
|Monday, April 19||7 p.m.||Red Deer at Medicine Hat||Medicine Hat|
*all times listed are local
As a result, the following games in the Central Division are postponed:
|Friday, April 16||Edmonton at Calgary|
|Friday, April 16||Red Deer at Lethbridge|
|Saturday, April 17||Calgary at Edmonton|
|Saturday, April 17||Lethbridge at Red Deer|
|Sunday, April 18||Edmonton at Calgary|
|Monday, April 19||Red Deer at Lethbridge|
Further updates to the Regular Season schedule of games in the Central Division will be provided at a later date.
TORONTO – The Canadian Hockey League, in association with our three member leagues, the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, has made the very difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Memorial Cup.
“The CHL is committed to the health and safety of our players, their families and billets, our teams, staff and officials, and the communities in which we play. That has driven all of our difficult decisions for the last year as we have dealt with this global pandemic,” said CHL President Dan MacKenzie. “The decision was made based on the limitations on travel, border restrictions, and quarantining requirements that would make it impossible to produce league champions.”
The Memorial Cup is steeped in tradition and is one of the most difficult trophies to win in all of sport. The CHL looks forward to presenting it next season to the championship club that has earned the right to hoist it.
Further decisions regarding the timing and location of the 2022 Memorial Cup will be announced at a later date.