With current provincial restrictions shutting down hockey arenas across the province, the Provincial Junior Hockey League announced it is suspending all hockey activities through to January 27.
The announcement was just a formality as all arenas across the province had already been shut down on January 5.
The PJHL is hopeful that the regular season can continue when the restrictions are lifted.
In a statement, the PJHL said: “The Provincial Junior Hockey League will follow the provincial mandate and suspend play from January 5 through to 27. We are very hopeful that we will be able to resume play soon after the 27th. Plans and schedule are being reviewed and amended as required to ensure we are able to complete our season and compete for the Schmalz Cup.”
The League has not had a Schmalz Cup champion for the past two seasons.
In 2020, all hockey was put on hold just as the final series in division playoffs were getting underway. Last season, there were only some exhibition games played with no champions crowned.
That’s two years in a row the record books will have a blank entry in the championship column.
The League is currently at the halfway mark of their regular season schedule. Once hockey activity is allowed to return, the League will most likely have to extend the season to make up for the missing games to complete the regular season schedule before heading into the playoffs.
The Alliston Hornets are currently in second place in the Carruthers Division standings and were hoping to challenge for first before the restrictions were put into place.
The Hornets had completed a seven-game winning streak to end December and were looking forward to continuing a hard drive through January.
The Stayner Siskins are in first place in the division with 32 points.
The Schomberg Cougars are in third place with 31 points followed by the Orillia Terriers with 29.
Brian Lockhart, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Tecumseth Times