March 14, 2020: 1:30 MST
– DUBNetwork reached out for clarification to the Canadian Hockey League as well as Hockey Canada regarding Hockey Canada’s recent statement about the cancellation of all hockey activities in Canada as well as the video statement provided below.
— Hockey Canada (@HockeyCanada) March 13, 2020
In the video, Tom Renney states “What it means is hockey in Canada is canceled.”
Hockey Canada did not reply to a request for comment regarding the status of the Canadian Hockey League.
The Canadian Hockey League did respond and gave the following clarification on how they were able to release the following statement via twitter.
The #CHL announces that the balance of the 2019-20 season and all hockey related activity shall be paused immediately until further notice.
— CanadianHockeyLeague (@CHLHockey) March 12, 2020
The response is as follows:
“The Canadian Hockey League is a partner of Hockey Canada and not an official member, therefore, our league is not affected by their programming decisions.”
When they meet on Tuesday, March 17th, the WHL (and probably the entire CHL) will be able to determine the course of action for themselves and not be subject to the decisions put forth by Hockey Canada.
March 12th, 2020
The Canadian Hockey League is announcing all three of its leagues will suspend play immediately. There are just 10 days remaining in the Western Hockey League regular-season schedule.
An official statement by the league has been issued
The Canadian Hockey League and its three regional leagues the Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and Western Hockey League, take the health and safety of our players, fans, volunteers, staff, and general public very seriously. CHL President Dan MacKenzie with Commissioners David Branch, Gilles Courteau, and Ron Robison have been monitoring the situation in regards to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) including what local, provincial, and federal health agencies have recommended. Following consultation with medical professionals and meetings today among the CHL Executive Council, and regional league Board of Governors, the CHL announces that the balance of the 2019-20 season and all hockey activity shall be paused immediately until further notice.
More to come.