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WHL Plans To Return October 2nd

By: Branden Crowe
Posted: June 17, 2020 16:23

Return to play details announced

The Western Hockey League wrapped up their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday afternoon, and with it came some optimism regarding the 2020-2021 season. 

The WHL has announced a Return to Play protocol for next season, starting with opening night on October 2nd, 2020, however this date remains contingent on receiving the necessary approvals from government and health authorities in each of the six jurisdictions in WHL territory.

The WHL is committed to protecting the integrity of the WHL Regular Season schedule, and fully intends to complete a full 68-game schedule for 2020-21, regardless of when the season begins. 

The league is also working with respective provincial and state officials regarding capacities for each of the 22 WHL arenas. 

Other news from the WHL AGM:

- The CHL has launched a new streaming service for next season. Further details including the new streaming service provider, pricing and packaging, will be announced at a later date.

-Bruce Hamilton (Kelowna) remains the Chairman of the WHL Board of Governors. 

-Bobby Brett (Spokane) and Brent Sutter (Red Deer) have been re-elected to the Executive Committee, joining Ron Toigo (Vancouver) and Gord Broda (Prince Albert). 

-The WHL Announced they have awarded over $28-million in scholarships since the initiation of the scholarship fund in 1993. 

-The WHL and Hockey Canada will host a goaltending symposium June 18-19. 

Guest speakers for the two-day symposium include Glen Gulutzan (Edmonton Oilers), Tyler Dietrich (Hockey Canada), John Stevenson (Zone Performance), Scott Murray (Washington Capitals), David Alexander (St. Louis Blues), Matt Weninger (Moose Jaw Warriors / Hockey Alberta), Dustin Schwartz (Edmonton Oilers) and others.

The event will conclude with a goaltending hot stove hosted by Daren Millard (Vegas Golden Knights) and featuring Carter Hart (Philadelphia Flyers / WHL Alumni) and 11-year NHL veteran Jason LaBarbera (Calgary Hitmen / Hockey Canada).

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