The Heritage Junior Hockey League season has come to an early conclusion.
This comes as Hockey Canada has announced it made the decision to cancel all Hockey Canada-sanctioned activities, including national championships, until further notice.
“Without question, this is an unprecedented period of difficulty for the sports world. The health and safety of all participants in sport, including players, coaches, staff, officials, fans, family, volunteers and the general public, is of the utmost importance to Hockey Canada,” the organization said in a statement.
The HJHL was in the middle of the North and South Divisional Playoffs.
The Mountainview Colts, who were in the North Division Final with the Sylvan Lake Wranglers, took to their social media Thursday night to announce that the playoff game scheduled to take place Friday night in Didsbury had been cancelled as are all other remaining playoff games.
“We regretfully announce the playoff game scheduled to take place tomorrow night in Didsbury has been cancelled as are all remaining playoff games,” the Colts said in their statement on social media. “We thank all our fans for your support and will keep you apprised.”
The Okotoks Bisons and the Cochrane Generals played out game four Thursday night in Cochrane. The teams put a limit on the number of spectators and also instituted a no contact rule between players and spectators.
The Generals won the match 3-2. A powerplay goal from Cochrane with just 43 seconds left on the clock forced the game into overtime where the Generals scored 1:20 seconds into the extra frame.
Game five was scheduled for Friday in Okotoks, but has been cancelled, at least for the time being.
“We recognize the tremendous effort that has been put forth all year by individuals across the country as they participate in Canada’s game,” said Hockey Canada. “Although it is difficult to process the hockey season ending abruptly, we feel this is the best course of action in order to do our part in keeping our country safe.”