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WHL announces season to conclude following regular season schedule

WHL logo. (Jonathan Hayward/CP)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) — There will be no playoffs in the Western Hockey League (WHL) this year.

The league announced Monday afternoon that due to the ongoing difficulties related to COVID-19, it is in no place to conduct the 2021 WHL Playoffs, including the WHL Championship Series.

“When we returned to play in February, we set out with the intention of completing a 24-game Regular Season schedule, knowing adjustments would be needed along the way,” said WHL Commissioner Ron Robison in a statement. “We remained hopeful that public health conditions would improve, but unfortunately that is not the reality we see in front of us today. The ongoing challenges with non-essential interprovincial and international cross-border travel leave us no alternative but to cancel the 2021 WHL Playoffs.”

Robinson went on to say the league will recognize individual award winners and all four WHL Division champions following the season, including the presentation of the RE/MAX Cup for the B.C. Division champions and the Subway Cup for the East Division champions.

This news comes not long after the CHL announced it would be cancelling the 2021 Memorial Cup in association with the WHL, OHL and QMJHL.

Following a brief stoppage in play due to a positive COVID-19 test, the Calgary Hitmen will wrap up their season on May 5 against the Red Deer Rebels in Calgary.