Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Commissioner David Branch, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), announced today the cancellation of the 2020 OHL Playoffs.
The CHL additionally announced the cancellation of the 2020 Memorial Cup that was scheduled to be held in Kelowna, BC from May 22-31, 2020. The 2021 Memorial Cup will be hosted by the OHL in May 2021.
Following consultation with the CHL’s Board of Directors as well as the OHL’s Board of Governors, it was determined that extreme precautions must be taken in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the League’s annual Championship trophies, the J. Ross Robertson Cup as well as the Memorial Cup, will not be awarded in 2020.
The League has continued to monitor ongoing public health developments regarding COVID-19. Given the troubling slate of our global climate and public welfare, there is still too much risk and uncertainty to move forward in good conscience.
“This is a very difficult decision,” said OHL Commissioner David Branch. “In times like this, the safety of our players, officials, staff, fans and the general public is paramount.
“The environment that we currently find ourselves in is much more important than the game of hockey, and we all have a part to play in getting through these difficult times together. At the appropriate time, when it is safe to do so, our players look forward to returning to the ice in our passionate hockey communities to assist in the overall healing process.”
“Although the cancellation of the 2020 playoffs and Memorial Cup is extremely disappointing, the OHL and CHL must be leaders in the local, national, and international business landscapes,” commented Petes President Dave Pogue. “During a healthy conversation, Petes Governor Dr. Bob Neville and myself worked with other league Governors to ensure that all factors were considered before taking this step.
“Along with our fans, our organization was incredibly excited to watch the team continue on our great run this season,” Pogue continued. “I commend General Manager Mike Oke and his hockey operations staff on building a team that was ready to compete for a championship this year, but this pandemic has presented a foe that we must work together to defeat.
“We look forward to seeing our fans again soon and wish everyone in the Petes family health and wellbeing as we enter the off-season and continue preparations for the 2020-21 season.”
Season Ticket Members will be refunded for the affected regular season and playoff games in the form of account credit. Credits will be left on the customers account to be used for future purchases at the PMC or can be refunded in the original method of payment; cash and debit payments will be refunded by cheque. To request a direct refund, instead of an automatic credit, customers can contact the Grant Thornton Box Office during regular business hours, after Monday, March 30 at 10:00am, to request a refund.
Customers who purchased group playoff tickets directly from the Petes will be contacted by their account representative to process refunds.
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