Coronavirus: Loyalist Jets show ‘maturity beyond their years’ after playoffs cancelled

At first it was deemed a suspension, but then Hockey Canada decided to cancel all minor league playoff games for the rest of the season.

It was a crushing blow to several clubs in the Kingston area still competing for a provincial championship title.

The Loyalist Township Jets were supposed to play the South Huron Sabres from Exeter for the Ontario Minor Hockey Association midget double-C crown.

“I admit to crying when I first heard the news,” said Jets captain Liam Dawson.

With this being his last season of minor hockey, Dawson was looking forward to competing for an OMHA championship.

“I was angry at first but understand why they did what they did,” added Dawson.

“They don’t want the virus to spread and I totally understand that, but it’s still really tough the way we had to go out.”

Both games scheduled for last weekend at the W.J. Henderson Arena in Amherstview were expected to be sellouts with close to 1,000 fans in attendance.

“I understand why they cancelled the games but it’s still tough to handle,” said Jets forward Alex Pym-Robichaud.

He, too, was playing in his final minor hockey season after nine years with the same team.

“I’m coming to grips with it,” Pym-Robichaud said.

“They don’t want this virus to spread in Canada so we have to accept it. They have to take every precaution to keep everyone safe. I was angry and sad at first but deep down I know they’re doing the right thing.”

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