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MJHL busier off ice than on ice
Sports, Posted on November 17, 2020

By Derek Holtom
MJHL Report

The worst-case scenario came to fruition this past week as the Manitoba Junior Hockey League has paused their season until at least Jan. 1, 2021.

After a successful first month to the season, cracks began to form in the foundation the MJHL brass had built to bring hockey back to Manitoba. Despite the best efforts of most teams, the inevitable began to happen. Various governments closed arenas. Players started to test positive for COVID-19. And finally, infection rates reached unprecedented rates across the province – though especially in Winnipeg – that the provincial government felt it had no choice but to put in place strict lockdown guidelines, closing the door on everything but essential services.

This led to the MJHL – which for the most part had done all they could to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 – to pause the season. They posted a brief press release on their website which states, in part:

“As of 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12, the entire province of Manitoba has moved to the Critical level (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System to halt COVID-19 transmission and protect Manitoba’s citizens.  These Public Health Orders will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. on December 11, 2020 at minimum.

 

You can read more of Holtom’s column in the Nov. 17, 2020 edition of The Russell Banner!