The Aldergrove Kodiaks are benched for two weeks, along with all Pacific Junior Hockey League teams, to adhere to provincial health orders. (Aldergrove Star files)

The Aldergrove Kodiaks are benched for two weeks, along with all Pacific Junior Hockey League teams, to adhere to provincial health orders. (Aldergrove Star files)

Pacific Junior Hockey League teams benched for two weeks

Teams including Aldergrove Kodiaks have suspended game play to limit spread of COVID-19

Pacific Junior Hockey League (PJHL) teams, including Aldergrove Kodiaks and Langley Trappers are benched for two weeks following provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry’s Saturday announcement.

“While individual practices and drills are allowed, indoor sports where physically distancing can’t be maintained must be suspended for the two-week period,” Henry said in her statement.

A PJHL spokesperson said all games will be postponed as of 10 p.m. Nov. 7.

“We are working with B.C. Hockey, ViaSport, and the provincial health officer to manage through this period,” they said in a statement posted to the PJHL website. “We will be sending updates on our social media and our website as new information becomes available.”

READ MORE: Aldergrove Kodiaks start COVID restricted season with a roar

Thirteen PJHL teams from across the Lower Mainland have been playing games in four different cohorts; a hiatus was scheduled for December after the first 18 games had been wrapped so players had time to quarantine before cohorts were switched.

There is no set date for teams to return to league play.

Currently, Aldergrove Kodiaks have won four games and lost two while Langley Trappers have won three and lost two.

Because of gathering restrictions, spectators have not been allowed into arenas to watch games.

Kodiaks general manager Rick Harkins said there will be no contact between players should they return to the ice.

“They’re looking at changing the cohorts early, but we just have to wait and see what Bonnie Henry says,” Harkins explained.

He added that broadcasting would have begun, meaning spectators could watch from home or listen to games on the radio.

“That will be set up for when we return,” Harkins added.

Meanwhile. Langley Riverman, who are part of the BC Hockey League, are set to start their 2020-21 regular season on Dec. 1.

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