Remaining 54 regular season WHL games have been scrubbed

WHL cancels regular season

The Western Hockey League has cancelled the balance of its 2019-2020 regular season.

The announcement comes less than a week after the league joined others across North America in pausing the season due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since teams had played an uneven number of games when the season was cancelled, final standings have been determined by winning percentage.

“The WHL takes the safety of our players, officials, staff, fans, and everyone associated with the WHL very seriously,” said WHL commissioner Ron Robison.

“Given the ongoing public health developments regarding COVID-19, we deemed it necessary to cancel the remaining games on the 2019-20 WHL regular season schedule.

“We will continue to monitor ongoing public health developments regarding COVID-19. We will make every effort possible to conduct the 2020 WHL playoffs at a later date. We thank WHL fans and partners for your patience and understanding during these challenging times.”

Kelowna Rockets president and GM Bruce Hamilton says no decision has been made yet concerning the Memorial Cup. That, he says, remains fluid.

Hamilton says there is still the belief they could get going by the end of May.

He says the commissioners of the three leagues and the president of the CHL talk every day and consult regularly with the NHL concerning the pandemic.

An announcement could be forthcoming next week concerning the possibility of shifting dates for the Memorial Cup.

The Rockets had three home dates remaining in the regular season.

Season ticket holders will get a credit for those lost games applied to their 2020-2021 season tickets.

Refunds will be available for single-game tickets only. Tickets purchased online or over the phone will be automatically refunded to the card on file. In-person refunds can be done at the Select Your Tickets box office located at Prospera Place.

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