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Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League cancels season opener in Colwood due to COVID-19 cases

Here we go again.

An unspecified number of positive COVID-19 tests among players has led to the cancellation of the first regularly scheduled game of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League 2021-2022 season.

In a statement released on the VIJHL website the league stated;

The League has been advised that some players in our teams have tested positive for COVID in the past couple of days.

We have advised both Lake Cowichan and Westshore that in the best interests of the League and in an attempt to mitigate the risk of spreading this virus further, the VIJHL COVID Committee and the VIJHL Executive have decided that the first regular season game scheduled for tomorrow (R001: Sept. 8/21) is CANCELLED and will be rescheduled.

Future games will be assessed on a day to day basis.

The names of the players and all health information is confidential.

Teams have been advised that it is strongly recommended that all they revert to their COVID-19 protocols that were put into place last fall (VIJHL Safety Plan) as there are many participants in our teams that are not from our Health District.

The VIJHL is subject to the British Columbia Health Ministry. The most strict health office in all of Canada.

If you think for one second that this will go unnoticed by those officials, you need to get your head examined. More such outbreaks will almost guarantee a trigger of more restrictions. And you can bet that those restrictions will effect more than just the VIJHL.

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