'Committed to providing a season': WHL says 2021 campaign will take place

WHL says season is coming

The Western Hockey League said Friday it will stage a season in 2021, offering some certainty to players who have been weighing their options with other leagues and fans anxious for puck drop.

“The Western Hockey League is committed to providing a season for WHL players,” league commissioner Ron Robison said in a news release issued Friday night.

“This commitment ensures WHL players will receive the opportunity to compete at the highest level in the system and continue to pursue their hockey goals in the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players.”

According to the WHL, the league’s start date will be determined “once final approval has been received from the health authorities in each provincial and state jurisdiction and it is anticipated the approvals will be received soon.”

The league's announcement comes two days ahead of a Sunday deadline for Canadian junior hockey teams to release players to play in the USHL, an American junior league some WHL players had been openly considering in the event of a cancelled season.

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