KIJHL moving forward with games this weekend
The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) has provided an update on league operations following the Provincial Health Order issued on November 19.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, the KIJHL has made the health and safety of our athletes, staff, volunteers, billet families and fans our top priority. In doing so, we have closely observed all of the guidance and protocols outlined by the Province of British Columbia, the Provincial Health Officer, Viasport, Hockey Canada and BC Hockey, as well as our team’s home facilities.
Yesterday, Dr. Bonnie Henry announced additional province-wide restrictions, and we have been working hard to clarify their impact on our league.
At this time, our understanding through consultation with BC Hockey is that these restrictions impact travel outside of a team’s health region.
All 17 teams participating in the 2020/21 KIJHL season operate within the geographic boundaries of Interior Health, and travel within our league has already been further reduced through the introduction of regional cohorts that include a maximum of four teams.
Based on the information available at this time, we are moving forward with regular season games scheduled to be played this weekend.
We will also continue to support decisions made at the local level regarding access to team facilities. Tonight’s game between the Revelstoke Grizzlies and Golden Rockets has been postponed as the Town of Golden awaits further clarification on the Provincial Health Order, and a make-up date will be announced in the near future.
We recognize that circumstances can change quickly, and we will update our plans should the restrictions in place change. The KIJHL appreciates the patience and support of our fans, volunteers, billet families and sponsors as we navigate this process.
The Kimberley Dynamiters are scheduled to host the Creston Thunder Cats at 7:30 p.m. this evening, while the Fernie Ghostriders take on the Columbia Valley Rockies in Invermere.
Tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 21), the Ghostriders host the Rockies and Thunder Cats host Kimberley.