Penticton Vees celebrate after winning the Okanagan Cup on home turf recently. The regular season has been pushed forward to Dec. 8. (Vees photo)

Penticton Vees celebrate after winning the Okanagan Cup on home turf recently. The regular season has been pushed forward to Dec. 8. (Vees photo)

Penticton Vees season start delayed to Dec. 8

COVID-19 restrictions have also cancelled all exhibition games

The Penticton Vees regular hockey season will be starting a little later than hoped after the new provincial COVID-19 restrictions went into place.

The entire BC Hockey League’s regular season start date has been pushed forward to Dec. 8 and all exhibition games have been cancelled in light of the new Provincial Health Orders put in place Nov. 19, restriction sports teams from travelling.

In accordance with the BC Hockey League COVID-19 Safety Plan, approved by the board of governors, the league will adhere to Provincial Health Office (PHO) orders and schedule no games between now and midnight on Dec. 7.

The result of this decision, recommended by the BCHL Return to Play Task Force, will push the regular season start date of Dec. 2 to Dec. 8 to accommodate the new orders against team travel.

It also means that the remainder of the exhibition schedule has been cancelled.

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“If the PHO extends their current restrictions beyond Dec. 7, we have the option of moving the start date to after the holidays, but it is our intention to begin play once the current order expires”, said BCHL Commissioner Chris Hebb.

“Our objective from the beginning, when we worked out our COVID-19 Safety Plan with the PHO, was to allow our players to have a season, but we want to make sure it is under the safest conditions possible.”

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“Should the season start be delayed past Dec. 8, the players that choose to go home for the holidays will be required to adhere to travel guidelines, including going into isolation for 14 days prior to joining their team,” said league executive director Steven Cocker.

A revised regular-season schedule for the Penticton Vees will be released in the coming weeks for a Dec. 8 start, said Trevor Miller, director of broadcasting and communications for the Penticton Vees.

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