The Seattle Thunderbirds will be kicking off their shortened Western Hockey League (WHL) with a pair of home games, Mar. 19-20.

The T-Birds, which includes Cochrane hockey player Ty Bauer, host the Spokane Chiefs first, then the Portland Winterhawks.

Yesterday, the WHL released the regular-season schedule for its American Division that begins play on Mar. 18. The season will be played exclusively between the five teams in its American division.
The WHL has developed an extensive set of protocols to not only provide a safe environment for players and staff but to protect individuals in the community. The WHL will implement an ongoing weekly private antigen testing strategy. 
Enhanced screening for all WHL players, billets, team staff, and officials will take place on a daily basis, including regular temperature screenings as well as symptom monitoring through the WHL Athlete RMS Mobile Application.

When participating in games and practices, WHL players must wear gaiter-style masks while on the bench. WHL Officials will be required to wear gaiter masks when on the ice. WHL coaches and other team personnel will be required to wear masks at all times, including while conducting practice and while behind the bench during games.

While no spectators will be permitted to enter WHL facilities, all games will be streamed on the newly launched WHL Live on CHL TV.