The Ontario Junior Hockey League (OHL) may postpone the start of the next season until the end of January due to the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
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This is what Sportsnet revealed on Monday after taking the pulse of some executives following a telephone meeting of governors. CEOs are due to emulate them on Wednesday, and more details may be released later.
The season was scheduled to start on December 1, according to a statement released by the circuit in August. The possible holding of a season took a heavy blow, however, when the government introduced new measures to curb the spread of the disease on October 10. In Toronto, Ottawa, and the health regions of York and Peel, for example, team sports are banned until further notice.
The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (LHJMQ) had decided to start its season at the beginning of the fall, but since then all the teams in Quebec territory have had to stop their activities when several regions fell into the red zone.
The Western Junior Hockey League (WHL) has opted for the Ontario approach and must, until proven otherwise, begin their campaign on Jan. 8.