PJHL Pushes Back Start Date As Question Marks Outweigh Answers

Ethan Sauve carries the puck for the Dresden Kings – Photo by Wyatt Williams/ CKSN.ca

The Provincial Junior Hockey League (PJHL) won’t be starting in a few weeks as they had originally intended.

In the summer, the league, which locally includes the Dresden Kings, Blenheim Blades, Wallaceburg Thunderhawks, and Wheatley Sharks, announced a planned start date of December 1.

This week, teams were informed that would not be happening, and the new plan is a tentative date of January 1.

Some of the remaining issues include body contact, and differing Public Health rules across the three regions the league covers.

The main issue however, aside from the health and safety of players and staff, is how to fund a league if fans are not welcomed.

For now, teams continue to practice, and the expectation is exhibition games will begin soon between teams in the same Public Health region.

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