Ontario Premier Doug Ford is leaving the door open for bodychecking to remain in the Ontario Hockey League for the upcoming season.
Ford tweeted Saturday night that he is working on a go back to play plan with the OHL that would involve physical contact. He acknowledged that the plan would need to be authorized by health specialists.
We are engaging with the @OHLHockey to produce a safe go back to play strategy, which will require to be authorized by health specialists. To date no choices have actually been made. I wish to see the OHL return as regular as possible with body checking.—@fordnation!.?.! This comes&one dayafter Ontario's minister of sport, Lisa MacLeod
, stated bodychecking would not be permitted during the COVID-19 pandemic in a speech provided to the Empire Club of Canada. The minister states the choice to prohibit bodychecking came after outbreaks in the Quebec Major
Junior Hockey League, which caused games being held off and rescheduled. WATCH