Faced with the growing number of regions on maximum alert (red) in Quebec, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (LHJMQ) has decided to suspend its activities in the province at least until October 28, when the government must reassess the situation according to the evolution of the number of cases.
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This means that all parts of the East and West divisions are postponed for the next two weeks. The Maritimes section, excluding the Moncton Wildcats who are in the orange zone in New Brunswick, continues to operate.
The League made the announcement late Wednesday afternoon in a press release following a meeting of the owners of the 18 teams which aimed to take stock of the start of the season in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic .
“While half of the teams find themselves in the red zone, it has become practically impossible to operate under such circumstances. Nevertheless, the QMJHL student-athletes will continue to practice in their facilities and will continue their academic career ”, indicated the QMJHL.
Seven clubs, including six in Quebec, were no longer authorized to play matches due to outbreaks or government restrictions that accompany the territories in the red and orange zone (New Brunswick).
These were Boisbriand and Sherbrooke, which recorded 18 and 11 cases of the new coronavirus respectively, as well as Quebec, Drummondville, Gatineau and Victoriaville.
Commissioner Gilles Courteau will address the media in the early evening, Wednesday.
More details to come …