Blades and Raiders among 15 WHL teams suspending team activities

The Saskatoon Blades and Prince Albert Raiders are among 15 WHL teams to have all team activities suspended.

This is due to several players and staff being added to the league’s COVID-19 protocol list due to symptoms or testing positive for the novel coronavirus. Eight more games have been postponed… one Saturday, four Tuesday, including PA’s visit to Edmonton, and three more Wednesday. None of these games involve the Bridge City Bunch. Two teams, Lethbridge and Swift Current, have been cleared to resume team operations. The league hopes that teams currently on hiatus will be allowed to resume team activities in the coming days. WHL commissioner Ron Robison said the league and its teams are committed to playing the full 68-game schedule. Here is the press release from the WHL…..

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / FRIDAY, JANUARY 7, 2022

Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League today announced the following update on WHL COVID-19 protocols, including the current suspension of team activities for 15 WHL clubs, the resumption of activities for roster for a WHL club and the postponement of eight WHL regular season games.

Currently, 15 clubs have recently suspended team activities due to the addition of several players and staff to the WHL’s COVID-19 protocol list due to symptoms or a test. positive for COVID-19.

The Lethbridge Hurricanes and Swift Current Broncos have been cleared to resume all team activities. It is expected that many more WHL clubs currently on hiatus will be allowed to resume team activities in the coming days.

“The WHL and our member clubs remain fully committed to playing through the 68-game regular season and WHL playoff schedule,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “As we navigate the challenges presented by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our priority remains to provide a world-class development experience for WHL players, staff and officials, and to do so in a safe manner. and healthy. On behalf of the entire WHL, I would like to thank WHL Fans and WHL Corporate Partners everywhere for their patience as we work to reschedule games in the weeks ahead. »

The WHL is working in consultation with the WHL Chief Medical Officer regarding the matter regarding all clubs currently on hiatus. At this time, the following clubs have suspended all team activities, including on-ice practices and off-ice training, in accordance with WHL COVID-19 protocols:

Calgary hitmen Red Deer Rebels
Edmonton Oil Kings Regina Skates
Everett Silvertips Saskatoon Blades
Kamloops Blazers Spokane Chiefs
Medicine Hat Tigers Tri-City Americans
Moose Jaw Warriors Victoria Royals
Prince Albert Raiders Winnipeg AIC
Prince George Cougars

Due to the aforementioned suspension of team activities by WHL clubs, the following eight (8) WHL regular season games have been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date:

saturday january 8

tuesday january 11

  • Calgary to Regina
  • Prince Albert to Edmonton
  • Spokane to Victoria
  • Kelowna to Prince George

Wednesday January 12

  • Calgary to Moosejaw
  • Spokane to Victoria
  • Kelowna to Prince George

WHL clubs are responsible for daily monitoring of players and hockey operations personnel for symptoms of COVID-19. When a player or hockey operations staff member shows symptoms, the individual takes a rapid antigen test and self-isolates. If the rapid antigen test result is positive, the individual is sent for a PCR test to confirm the positive result and determine next steps.

If there are multiple positive rapid antigen test results for COVID-19, all team activities are immediately halted. The entire team is performing a series of PCR tests and self-isolating until the results are received and the WHL Chief Medical Officer is informed of the situation. The WHL, in consultation with its Chief Medical Officer, treats each situation as unique. As such, the WHL Chief Medical Officer reviews all positive test results and scenarios on a case-by-case basis, considering a number of variables including travel, recent schedule and potential exposures. which may have occurred.

The health and safety of all WHL participants is the WHL’s top priority. To reduce the risk of exposure and transmission of COVID-19, the WHL requires that all WHL roster players, hockey operations personnel and other team and office personnel league are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a vaccine approved by Health Canada.

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