CALGARY, Alta. (AP) – The Western Hockey League suspended 15 teams on Friday and postponed eight games due to COVID-19 concerns.
The Major Junior League said on Friday that the teams involved – the Calgary Hitmen, Edmonton Oil Kings, Everett Silvertips, Kamloops Blazers, Medicine Hat Tigers, Moose Jaw Warriors, Prince Albert Raiders, Prince George Cougars, Red Deer Rebels, Regina Pats, Saskatoon Blades, Spokane Chiefs, Tri-City Americans, Victoria Royals and Winnipeg Ice – have seen players and staff added to the COVID-19 protocol list due to symptoms or positive tests.
The WHL has given permission for the Lethbridge Hurricanes and Swift Current Broncos to resume all team activities.
Spokane’s scheduled games on Saturday in Seattle and Tuesday and Wednesday in Victoria have been postponed, along with Prince Albert in Edmonton and Kelowna in Prince George on Tuesday, and Calgary in Moose Jaw and Kelowna in Prince George on Wednesday.
“The WHL and our member clubs remain fully committed to playing throughout the WHL’s 68-game regular season and playoff schedule,” WHL Commissioner Ron Robison said in a statement. “As we address the challenges presented by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our priority continues to be to provide and do so a world-class development experience for WHL players, staff and officials. in a safe and healthy way. “