Provincial health restrictions have been extended, keeping CJHL teams off the ice even longer
The fate of the CJHL season may be decided next week.
League officials have a Zoom meeting scheduled for January 14th, at which time they will have to decide if it's worth formulating a plan to salvage what's left of the year.
The Leduc Riggers, and the rest of the league had their seasons delayed due to the pandemic. When the season finally began in late October, it was with a shortened 16 game schedule. Thursday, Premier Jason Kenney announced an extension to the latest round of restrictions until at least January 21st. Teams have even been unable to practice as a group since the league shut things down in late November.
"If we can't get things going by February 1st it might be better just to scrap it," said Riggers Head Coach Carter Huebner. "Normally, the end of our regular season is February 10th."
There have been discussions about possibly pushing the season and playoffs past the spring, but at least one team in the league doesn't have access to ice in the summer. Others may not be interested in starting up at all since they are likely to lose more money if they are forced to play in buildings without fans.
"I'd say there's about a 30 percent chance we'll play at this point," said Huebner.