‘Not Looking Like It Will Be Possible’: Skeena Hockey Season Officially Cancelled

The 2020-21 season not possible with pandemic still raging.

Hockey season in the Skeena was supposed to start on December 4. But that won’t be happening now because of COVID, the Central Interior Hockey League announced. 

“Well I guess with what has been going on around the world it’s time for us as a league to come to terms that a 2020-21 CIHL season is not looking like it will be possible,” said the league’s president Ron German in a press release

The league includes teams in Prince Rupert, Kitimat, Terrace, Smithers, Hazelton, Williams Lake and Quesnel.

“With recent restrictions we feel that in any circumstances less than a super miracle vaccination, we would probably not return to play with spectators in time to salvage a 20-21 season,” German added. 

Local hockey fans were saddened by the news. “We have missed so much because of Covid,” Line Gagnon wrote on a fan page for the Terrace River Kings hockey team. “Missing River Kings in 20-21 as well HURTS.”

“It does suck all right,” Lynne Nordstrom added. 

But in the long-term local hockey isn’t going anywhere. “The CIHL will be back as soon as we can play in front of our valued communities and fans,” German said.  

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