Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Junior ‘C’ hockey league eyeing December 1 return

The Provincial Junior Hockey League (PJHL) has set December 1, 2020 as its target date for a return to game action, subject to the approvals of government, local health officials, and Hockey Canada authorities.

The Wallaceburg Thunderhawks, Dresden Kings, Wheatley Sharks and Blenheim Blades all compete in this Junior ‘C’ league.

Provincial Junior Hockey League officials say “Ontario’s largest junior hockey league” is forecasting a meaningful regular season, with teams playing at least 24 games and a competitive playoff format for the Schmalz Cup in an environment with strict adherence to COVID-19 safety requirements.

“Collectively, our members have worked diligently to be prepared for a safe return to competition when possible” stated Sandra Neubauer, PJHL chair, in a press release.

“By setting a targeted start date, we are supporting our players, teams, and communities to effectively plan to resume the game.”

Over the coming weeks, the PJHL will work to finalize return-to-the-rink provisions in concert with the appropriate authorities, PJHL officials say.

The Decembers target date is subject to change based on evolving legislation and public health guidance.

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