Date: League began play on Oct. 2, however Quebec-based groups stopped briefly about two weeks later after positive tests on 2 groups. Set up: The 18-team league is divided into two Quebec departments of 6 groups each plus 6 teams in a Maritimes department. 5 B.C. teams play in the B.C. Division. 4 United States teams will play in U.S. Division. Teams will only play within their division.
Knowing the Western Hockey League plans to start play once again on Jan. 8 has actually brought a sigh of relief from Zack Ostapchuk and some of the other gamers he's training with in St. Albert, Alta.
"I believe everybody is quite delighted," stated Ostapchuk, a 17-year-old forward with the Vancouver Giants. "We were all a little anxious that we weren't ever going to start. Now that we've got a date, the energy on the ice and in the dressing space is entirely altered. Everybody's positive now, however I simply want to get going."
Ostapchuk's interest might still be tempered by the truths dealt with by the people running Canada's 3 significant junior hockey leagues as they deal with the concerns developed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We never ever know from day to day what the scenario is going to be," stated Gilles Courteau, commissioner of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. "Every day there's something brand-new."
The 18-team QMJHL opened its season Oct. 2, however about 2 weeks later suspended play in both of its Quebec-based divisions since of favorable tests on two teams. Play continued for 5 of the 6 teams in the league's Maritimes department.
The Ontario Hockey League hopes its 20 groups can start play in December however "there's no particular date at this point," commissioner David Branch stated.
The Canadian Hockey League announced March 12 it was cancelling the staying video games in the 2020 regular season due to COVID-19. A few weeks later the Memorial Cup, set up for Kelowna, B.C., was cancelled.
Players, group officials and executives across Canada were left wondering when junior hockey would return.
"My whole summer has actually been getting concerns I can't address," said Barclay Parneta, basic supervisor of the Vancouver Giants.