The Western Hockey League has cancelled its remaining 2019-20 regular season, citing the coronavirus pandemic.
The 22-team league announced the news on Wednesday, saying the cancellation followed a meeting of board governors and consultation with medical professionals.
The league features a 68-game regular season, with teams having around a half-dozen games remaining.
“The WHL takes the safety of our players, officials, staff, fans, and everyone associated with the WHL very seriously,” said WHL commissioner Ron Robison.
“Given the ongoing public health developments regarding COVID-19, we deemed it necessary to cancel the remaining games on the 2019-20 WHL regular-season schedule.”
Robison added the league “will continue to monitor ongoing public health developments regarding COVID-19,” and that every effort will made to conduct the 2020 playoffs at a later date.
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