Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today the pausing of team activities for the Lethbridge Hurricanes as a result of 14 players being on the WHL COVID-19 Protocol List due to exhibiting symptoms or having tested positive for COVID-19.
The WHL is working in consultation with the WHL Chief Medical Officer regarding the matter concerning the Lethbridge Hurricanes. At this time, the Lethbridge Hurricanes have paused all team activities, including on-ice practices and off-ice training, pending further test results. The WHL will provide further information when it is available.
As a result of the Lethbridge Hurricanes pausing team activities, the following WHL Regular Season Games have been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date:
- Saturday, January 1 – Lethbridge at Calgary
- Sunday, January 2 – Swift Current at Lethbridge
No other WHL Clubs are impacted at this time.
The health and safety of all WHL participants is the top priority for the WHL. In order to reduce the risk of exposure to and transmission of COVID-19, the WHL requires all WHL roster players, hockey operations staff, and other team and League office personnel to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a Health Canada approved vaccine.
In accordance with WHL policy, the Lethbridge Hurricanes and WHL will not be providing comment or identifying the individuals concerned.
About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 375 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.