As expected, the Ontario Hockey League has had to delay the start of its 2020-21 season.
The official announcement was made Wednesday morning by OHL Commisioner David Branch.
Training camps were scheduled to start in mid-January, and the league had planned to start the regular season on February.
No new dates have been announced.
"This decision follows Premier Ford’s announcement of a province-wide shutdown in Ontario commencing on December 26, 2020. The League will continue to consult and work closely with Governments and health authorities to determine potential start dates in the new year." read a statement from Branch.
"The safety of all of our stakeholders and communities is our priority and we are committed to starting the 2020-21 season when it is safe to do so. We know that this is difficult news for many of our players, fans, billets, parents, staff and teams. However, the restrictions both provincially in Ontario as well as nationally with regards to cross-border travel have informed our decision." the statement went on to say.
The OHL had to cut its 2019-20 season short in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic.