COVID-19 Update: May 4

In our latest COVID-19 update, we hear directly from BCHL Commissioner Chris Hebb.

Message from the British Columbia Hockey League:

First off, I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy with their families during this challenging time. With the ever-changing situation we are all facing, the BC Hockey League has committed to providing regular updates to our fans, team staff, players and their families.

We continue to have discussions with Hockey Canada and the CJHL every two weeks to reassess the COVID-19 situation and how to best move forward under the guidelines of our provincial health authorities. Although there is no set timeline at this moment, we expect to have a clearer picture of where things are headed later this month.

As many of you already know, the League has reached out to the Provincial Government for advice on how to access economic support to offset the losses that our teams are facing due to the cancellation of the playoffs, as well as spring and summer camps. These discussions have been positive so far and are ongoing. We’re committed to exploring every option to make sure our teams get the support they deserve as important cultural and economic pillars of their communities.

This call for financial support has also, unfortunately, led to some talk at various levels that the BC Hockey League is somehow in danger of not returning next season. This is entirely false. As we’ve mentioned in previous communications, the BCHL will be back on the ice as soon as we get the go-ahead from Hockey Canada and the provincial health authorities. The idea behind our call for financial support is to address the losses that our teams have incurred before they become a major problem down the road. Like everyone else, we eagerly await the day that we can return to the ice in a safe manner.

We hope to see everyone back on the ice as soon as possible and we will be working with Hockey Canada to make a return to play safe for our players and fans.

Sincerely,

Chris Hebb
Commissioner
BC Hockey League