OHL concludes 2019-20 regular season due to COVID-19; fingers crossed for playoffs

Barrie Colts finish 5th

The Ontario Hockey League has decided to conclude the 2019-20 season in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement, the league said after a meeting with the OHL Board of Governors and consultation with medical professionals, it was determined that the remaining 56 games of the 2019-20 OHL Regular Season schedule will be cancelled and not played.

“In the interest of the safety of our players, officials, staff and fans and the general public, it’s been agreed that the cancellation of the remainder of the 2019-20 regular season is the proper course of action to take at this time, ” said OHL Comissioner David Branch. “We are continuing to monitor ongoing public health developments regarding COVID-19. When it is safe and we may resume play, we will advise on the status of the 2019-20 OHL Playoffs. We thank OHL players and their families, fans and partners for their continued patience and understanding throughout this challenging situation.”

The Barrie Colts finish the regular season in 5th place in the Eastern Conference. If the playoffs go ahead, Barrie would take on 4th place Oshawa.

The League also announced the 2020 OHL Priority Selection will be held live online at https://ontariohockeyleague.com/ on Saturday, April 4 beginning at 9:00 a.m.

The Colts will pick ninth.