No more Revelstoke Grizzlies play in 2020: KIJHL suspends games

KIJHL suspends 2020 hockey games, but holds hope for a resumption in 2021.

File photo: Josh Irvine in front of the crease in the Grizzlies 5-1 victory over the Kelowna Chiefs on Mar. 25. Photo: Kelowna Chiefs/Steve Dunsmoor

The KIJHL has announced it is suspending all regular season games scheduled to the end of 2020 due to new COVID-19 related restrictions.

“KIJHL teams may continue to conduct on-ice activities that abide by the Provincial Health Order until our holiday break begins on Dec. 19,” the KIJHL said in a Dec. 4 statement.

The KIJHL said an announcement regarding a start date for the continuation of our regular season schedule and guidance for a safe return by KIJHL players to their team communities will be made once further information is available from the provincial government and the Provincial Health Officer.

“The KIJHL appreciates the patience being shown by all league stakeholders, including our fans, sponsors, volunteers and facility partners, during a difficult and uncertain time,” a KIJHL said in a statement. “We are particularly grateful to the players, team staff and billet families who have worked diligently over the past three months to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all participants.”

Some players in the league are over 18, some under, complicating the situation due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The league is holding out hope for hockey games to resume in January and said it would provide updates when they are available.

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