Are they sticking together?

The CHL consists of the WHL, OHL and QMJHL.

The three leagues come under one umbrella with the basic same rules.

The vast majority of decisions are with the intent to be in the best interest of Major Junior hockey across the country.

Most years they get to compete for the ultimate prize, which is the Memorial Cup.

When it comes to the coronavirus though, indications appear that it is each league for themselves, not really in conjunction with the others.

Evidence of that is the start date for the 2020-21 season.

The QMJHL thought it could beat the punch by dropping the puck for its regular season on Oct. 1.

With many players testing positive for COVID-19, the league temporarily halted play this month.

The WHL insists its regular season, with the number of games still to be determined, will start on Jan. 8 with short training camps to begin right after Christmas.

This week, the OHL announced a start date of Feb. 4 with a 40-game season to wrap up by May 16.

What does this prove?

Nobody has a definitive answer.

There are still so many questions regarding the impact of the virus on the game and more importantly the players, that opinions are no more than simply guesses whether you live in the Maritimes, Quebec, Ontario, Western Canada or the USA.

One thing that was again re-iterated in BC this week is that teams likely will not have any fans at least for foreseeable future.

In an effort to curb transmission as numbers continue to skyrocket, Doctor Bonnie Henry implemented a new public health order limiting home gatherings.

Those gatherings are limited to just immediate households, with the addition of your ‘safe six’ only.

“For some large families, that may still be too many,” said Doctor Henry.

She also stated this would not be forever but for the “coming months”.

If Doctor Henry is clamping down on how many people are allowed in your bubble, then why would she turn around (without a cure in the form of a vaccine) and give the okay for large gatherings inside an arena?

In times like these, it is important as best we can to have a positive outlook on the future.

Realistically though, we could be looking at 2022 at the earliest before we see some type of normalcy, not only in the WHL but with most sports leagues.

The way the virus is spreading, consider it a bonus if our regular sports routine, or more importantly our daily lives, return before then.


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Hartley Miller is the news and sports supervisor and morning news anchor for 94.3 the GOAT and Country 97.
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