BCHL the latest league to suspend season over COVID-19

The second round of the playoffs was set to start this weekend in four BCHL markets.

Were the Chilliwack Chiefs still in the BCHL playoffs, they would not be playing anymore.

The BC Hockey League Board of Governors has voted to ‘cancel the remainder of the regular season until further notice.’

The wording of the decision is a bit unclear, as most sports leagues have used ‘suspended’ as a way to keep the door open for a return.

For now, the BCHL is following a decision by Hockey Canada to cease operations of all events and activities.

READ MORE: NHL suspends season during COVID-19 outbreak

READ MORE: B.C. Hockey cancels provincial championships

“Given the growing trend associated with the virus, we are supporting Hockey Canada’s recommendation,” said Graham Fraser, Chairman of the BCHL Board of Governors. “We believe it is in everyone’s best interest to follow their lead in this situation.”

Four second round playoff series were slated to start tonight (Friday).

“This unprecedented situation is not something any of us thought we would be dealing with, but unfortunately it’s now a reality,” said BCHL Commissioner Chris Hebb. “In the interest of public safety, we believe this was the only choice that could be made and we fully support Hockey Canada’s decision to suspend operations. We wish our players, staff and fans all the best during this difficult time.”


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