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WHL targets January 2021 start to season with divisional play only


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“At some point we’re going to get back, who knows when, to a normal schedule,” said Mike Moore, vice-president and alternate governor for the Hitmen. “But it’s playing against the five Alberta teams and we’re playing against our rivals for the games. You know what? That’s so much better than what we’re doing now. We’re excited, the league’s excited and I know our players are excited.”

There’s still lots of work to do before WHL teams can return to competition on Jan. 8, 2021. The schedule hasn’t been released, although it’s anticipated that players will report to camp after the Christmas break. 

Over the next couple months, though, the teams and league will continue consulting regularly with government and health authorities in its markets and are committed to implementing any measures necessary to protect players, staff, officials and fans. 

“We’ve been waiting a while to see some things through and we’re excited that we have a date we can work towards to resume play,” Moore said. “I think we’re really excited for our players who have continued to train and have been patient during the process. They can come back and work together as a group and play games and continue to develop as a group. 

“We know we have a lot of work to do and a lot of communication with the health authorities to make things as safe as possible for our players and staff. It’s a great step in the right direction, but we fully know we have a lot of work ahead of us.”

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