Revelstoke Grizzlies cancel season after players diagnosed with COVID-19

The Revelstoke Grizzlies have cancelled the remainder of their season after multiple players were diagnosed with COVID-19 this week.

File photo: Grizzlies head coach Lukas Lomicky talks to the team during practice at the Forum. File Photo by Matthew Timmins

The Revelstoke Grizzlies KIJHL hockey team have announced they are cancelling the remainder of the season after multiple players tested positive for COVID-19.

In a Jan. 29 statement, the Grizzlies management said they became aware on Jan. 26 that a player had a potential COVID-19 exposure through his workplace. The Grizzlies say Interior Health was immediately contacted according to protocol, and that the player subsequently tested positive for COVID-19.

The statement said that since then, “additional members of the team have also since received positive test results.”

“This is a disheartening step to have to take for our athletes, especially after the abrupt ending to last year’s playoffs at the onset of the pandemic,” said Grizzlies General Manager Ryan Parent in the statement. “We feel we have done the right thing by our players by allowing them to chase their dreams this season and work to achieve their future goals.”

Revelstoke Grizzlies and KIJHL games had been paused at least until Feb. 5 due to provincial COVID-19 regulations. The Grizzlies said they had full support of the KIJHL for the decision to cancel the rest of their season. They thanked the community for its support. “We’d like to especially thank our valued billet families. These have been stressful times but the care you’ve provided these young men is invaluable and it means the world to us all,” Parent said.

Read the full statement from the Revelstoke Grizzlies on their Facebook page.

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