Giants hope to be back playing by early December

A Langley-based major hockey team hopes to be back on the ice competing before year end

Vancouver Giants are expecting to be back on the ice, competing, come early December.

The G-Men, whose home ice is at the Langley Events Centre, shared news of a Western Hockey League (WHL) announcement made Thursday morning indicating the 2020-21 regular season will commence Friday, Dec. 4.

But, said WHL commissioner Ron Robison, the date remains contingent on receiving the necessary approvals from the government and health authorities in each of the six provincial/state jurisdictions in WHL territory.

RECENT NEWS: Two Vancouver Giants on opposite sides as NHL playoffs begin

By adjusting the start date for its regular season to early December, the WHL has additional time to work with government and health authorities on the extensive safety measures the WHL is prepared to take to protect players, staff, and fans, and to address key issues such as spectator capacities and border crossings, explained Robison.

“Regardless of our start date, the WHL is committed to playing a full regular season (68 games) and (four rounds of) playoffs in 2020-21,” he said.

“In our discussions with the government and health authorities, it has become apparent that additional time is required to ensure we can return to play in a safe and responsible manner. Our WHL health and safety protocols have been well received by the health authorities but we have several key issues that we will need to reach a resolution on in the coming months.”

RECENT NEWS: Vancouver Giants sign Marko Stacha

The WHL is made up of junior hockey players making up 22 clubs – 17 of which are located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest.

The Vancouver Giants is a major junior ice hockey team that was inaugurated in 2001, and is currently lead by head coach Michael Dyck and general manager Barclay Parneta.

.

_________________________________

Is there more to this story?

Email: news@langleyadvancetimes.com

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter

_________________________________

hockeyLocal SportsVancouver Giants

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Langley surveys its residents about building sustainable community

Township encourages people to have their say about climate action before Oct. 16

LETTER: Langley neighbourhood re-established as quarter-mile racetrack

Writer queries what the municipality want residents to do about the growing problem of speeders?

‘70 banana boxes’ full of items donated to Aldergrove Food Bank

West Abbotsford LDS church members participated in an annual food drive on Saturday, Sept. 26

ON COOKING: Chef Dez offers help in the kitchen during a pandemic

COVID-19 has more people at home and spending time in the kitchen

Weekend sees 267 cases, 3 deaths in B.C.; Dr. Henry says events leading to COVID spread

There are currently 1,302 active cases in B.C., while 3,372 people are under public health monitoring

Search suspended for Indigenous elder last seen mushroom picking in northwest B.C.

Mushroom picker Thomas (Tommy) Dennis has been missing since Sept. 16

Ahead of likely second wave, 60% of Canadians relaxing COVID-19 measures

Proportion of Canadians not following safety measures has dropped by 3 per cent in the past two weeks

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Canada’s population tops 38 million, even as COVID-19 pandemic slows growth

Immigration, the top population driver, decreased due to the pandemic

Lightning strike: Tampa Bay blanks Dallas 2-0 to win Stanley Cup

Hedman wins Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP

16 MLAs retiring from B.C. politics add up to $20M in pensions: Taxpayers Federation

Taxpayers pay $4 for every dollar MLAs contribute to their pensions

Liberals seek to fast track new COVID-19 aid bill after CERB expires

Government secured NDP support for legislation by hiking amount of benefits by $100 to $500 per week

Most Read