No puck drop for the OHL this season; “Reality is the conditions in Ontario have never been right to start”

"We are optimistic that we will be able to start the 2021-2022 season in the fall"

The Ontario Hockey League (OHL) has pulled the plug on the 20/21 season.

“We have worked tirelessly with the Province and the Chief Medical Officer of Health for the past year on different scenarios and different windows of opportunity but the reality is the conditions in Ontario have never been right to start and complete an uninterrupted, safe opportunity for players to showcase their skills,” said OHL Commissioner David Branch. “We owe it to our players and their families to be definitive. We were committed to return and play this season, but our hopes and desires have been dashed by the cruel realities of COVID-19.”

The OHL and the Government of Ontario had reached an agreement on a Return to Play plan for the League. However, the recently extended stay-at-home order along with increasing cases of COVID-19 across the province have made it impossible for the OHL to have a season.

“We feel for the players and their families who have worked so hard for so many years to get to this level and then not be able to play. We are optimistic that we will be able to start the 2021-2022 season in the fall and get back to having our fans in the building watching their favourite players, said Howie Campbell, President of the Barrie Colts.