The QMJHL has suspended all team and game activity until at least January 3, 2021.
The Commissioner of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League today announced that the League is pausing its activities from December 1st, 2020 to January 3rd, 2021. The decision was communicated to QMJHL Members and General Managers during a meeting held earlier today.
“The current situation with the pandemic in the regions in which we operate makes it extremely difficult to play games,” shared Commissioner Gilles Courteau. “With the Holidays just around the corner, the provinces in the Maritimes have restricted access and travel, while red zone restrictions in Quebec do not permit us to play.”
More details on the return to play will be made available in the next few weeks.
The QMJHL joins a growing list of leagues in Canada to have stopped their seasons after starting late. Top Junior A leagues have also been halted and some have yet to even begin. Junior B leagues across Canada have also been stopped from playing.
This is likely not the end of such stoppages. More are expected in Canada as COVID-19 numbers continue to increase.
While its only a month away, the OHL and WHL have not started their seasons yet and it looks less and less likely they will begin at all.