KIJHL playoffs suspended over coronavirus concern

KIJHL suspends playoffs, putting likely end to Revelstoke Grizzlies 2020 campaign.

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The Revelstoke Grizzlies celebrate a win versus the Kamloops Storm on Feb. 29. Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

The Revelstoke Grizzlies’ 2020 playoffs campaign is over for now after the KIJHL announced on Mar. 12 that the league is suspending the playoffs.

“The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) has decided to indefinitely suspend ongoing playoff games due to concerns regarding COVID-19,” said league spokesperson Emanuel Sequeira in a statement. “The KIJHL has taken steps to communicate with B.C. Hockey, who is taking direction from health authorities. The health and safety of everyone involved in the league is our top priority.”

The Revelstoke Grizzlies were in the second series of their 2020 campaign, facing off against the 100 Mile House Wranglers.

In a statement, the KIJHL said they would provide an update on the rest of the season when the league has more information.

Update, Friday, March 13:

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League has issued a statement officially announcing the cancellation of the remainder of the 2019/2020 postseason, as well as the 2020 Cyclone Taylor Cup in 100 Mile House. KIJHL teams that were still participating in the league playoffs will cease all on-ice operations and end their seasons.

According to the statement, the cancellation of the remainder of the post season comes on the advice of Hockey Canada and BC Hockey. The season will not resume at a later date.

“As with the previous announcement on Thursday that the KIJHL playoffs would be suspended indefinitely, this decision was made with the health and safety of our players, coaches, volunteers, billets and fans as the sole consideration. We share your disappointment at this news, and thank all those who contributed to an exciting and entertaining 2019/20 hockey season,” the statement said.

Aaron Orlando
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