Manitoba junior hockey will still go on, but other leagues are on ‘pause’ due to COVID-19

The National Hockey League is following the lead of the NBA in suspending regular season play indefinitely because of the spread of COVID-19 caused by novel coronavirus, and now, junior and minor hockey leagues are also reacting in a similar of ways.

The three commissioners of the leagues that make up the Canadian Hockey League met on Thursday and decided to suspend all games in Quebec, Ontario, and the Western Hockey league until further notice.

The Winnipeg Ice were scheduled to host Saskatoon on Friday Night and Regina on Saturday at the U of M’s Wayne Fleming Arena.

The Manitoba Junior Hockey League is taking things day-by-day. Commissioner Kim Davis says Thursday’s night’s game in Virden between the Oil Capitals and the Winkler Flyers has been postponed. Davis says decisions will be made on the remainder of the playoff schedule on a day-by-day basis, with the idea of “exercising caution as the situation continues to unfold.”

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