CHL Cancels Playoffs & Memorial Cup
The Canadian Hockey League, in association with 3 regional leagues including the Ontario Hockey League, made the official decision to cancel the OHL playoffs last night.
Along with the OHL, Quebec and Western League Playoffs, the Kia Canada Memorial Cup at Kelowna, B.C. has also been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Memorial Cup has continually been contested since 1919, a span of 102 years.
Statement: CHL Cancels 2020 Playoffs and Memorial Cup
On March 12, 2020, in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), in association with our three regional leagues the Western Hockey League (WHL), Ontario Hockey League (OHL), and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), made the decision to pause our season and last week officially cancelled all remaining regular season games.
We have continued to monitor the latest updates and advice from all public health agencies and medical experts, and worked tirelessly to determine a scenario by which the balance of our season could be played. Unfortunately, given the troubling state of our global climate and public welfare, there is still too much risk and uncertainty to move forward in good conscience.
With that in mind, CHL President Dan MacKenzie and Commissioners David Branch, Gilles Courteau, and Ron Robison have made the difficult decision to cancel the OHL, QMJHL, and WHL playoffs, and along with the support of Kia Canada as the presenting sponsor, to cancel the 2020 Memorial Cup which was scheduled to be held in Kelowna, B.C., May 22-31, 2020.
The CHL, WHL, OHL, and QMJHL all take great pride in providing the best environment for our players both on and off the ice with health and safety for them, and all stakeholders of our game, at the forefront.
We look forward with hope that next season will provide new opportunity to celebrate, and that the Memorial Cup will be presented at our prestigious national championship, hosted by the OHL in May, 2021.
Ontario Hockey League Announces Cancellation of 2020 OHL Playoffs
Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Commissioner David Branch, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), announced today the cancellation of the 2020 OHL Playoffs.
The CHL additionally announced the cancellation of the 2020 Memorial Cup that was scheduled to be held in Kelowna, BC from May 22-31, 2020. The 2021 Memorial Cup will be hosted by the OHL in May 2021.
Following consultation with the CHL’s Board of Directors as well as the OHL’s Board of Governors, it was determined that extreme precautions must be taken in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the League’s annual Championship trophies, the J. Ross Robertson Cup as well as the Memorial Cup, will not be awarded in 2020.
The League has continued to monitor ongoing public health developments regarding COVID-19. Given the troubling state of our global climate and public welfare, there is still too much risk and uncertainty to move forward in good conscience.
“This is a very difficult decision,” said OHL Commissioner David Branch. “In times like this, the safety of our players, officials, staff, fans and the general public is paramount.
“The environment that we currently find ourselves in is much more important than the game of hockey, and we all have a part to play in getting through these difficult times together. At the appropriate time, when it is safe to do so, our players look forward to returning to the ice in our passionate hockey communities to assist in the overall healing process.”
NHL Q & A
The National Hockey League relates no decision has been rendered regarding whether the remainder of the regular season will be played, or what form the playoffs might take.
The league made the announcement in an updated Question & Answer session to reflect recent developments during the pause in play because of the COVID-19 virus.
The league did say it does not anticipate a scenario that would endanger or interfere with the League’s ability to stage and execute the 2020-21 NHL season in its entirety.
Pound Projects Postponement
Canadian International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound believes the 2020 Tokyo Games will be postponed.
Pound, a prominent person within the IOC ranks, expects the start of the Olympics, scheduled for July 24th, to be pushed back.
A number of countries including Canada have called for a postponement,
On Sunday, the Canadian Olympic & Paralympic Committees announced they would not send Canadian teams to the games if they remained scheduled to commence July 24th.
UEFA Cancels Final
UEFA formally postponed the Champions League final yesterday.
The decision was expected with European soccer in total shutdown and four of the Round of 16 games yet to be completed.
The final was scheduled for May 30th in Istanbul before the spreading coronavirus pandemic forced the remaining second-leg games in mid-March to be delayed indefinitely.
Patriots Boot Kicker
The New England Patriots of the National Football League released kicker and franchise leading scorer Stephen Gostkowski.
The three-time Super Bowl champion has spent his entire 14-year career in New England.
Drafted in 2006, Gostkowski put up just under 1,800 points
The 36-year-old Gostkowski started the first 4 games last season, but struggled, missing a career-high 4 extra points after not missing more than 3 in any of his previous 13 NFL seasons.
The Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League have unveiled a new logo ahead of a milestone season.
The Rams’ primary colours are royal blue and yellow again after the franchise's rebranding announcement,
The Rams’ new primary logo features an " LA " with a ram’s horn curved around the letters, while a new secondary logo is a modern update of the classic ram’s head logo occasionally used by the team in previous decades.
With new uniforms coming up later in the year, the Rams are getting their new look before the 5th season of the franchise’s return to Los Angeles.
The Earlybird deadline for Bayshore Race registration is Tuesday March 31st.
The annual event which serves as a fundraiser for the Owen Sound Regional Hospital is Sunday August 30th.
You can register for the various distances at bayshorerace.com