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New lockdown delays start of OHL season again

Games were scheduled to start Feb. 4, league will ‘determine potential start dates in the New Year’
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The Sudbury Wovles and the rest of the Ontario Hockey League will have to wait for the start of the season again. The league is delaying the start of its season again due to the provincewide lockdown set to start on Dec. 26. (File)

The Ontario Hockey League is delaying the start of its season again due to the provincewide lockdown set to start on Dec. 26.

Training camps had been scheduled to begin in mid-January, and many players were set to report to their teams in early January. Games were scheduled to commence on Feb. 4.

“The league will continue to consult and work closely with governments and health authorities to determine potential start dates in the New Year,” said a news release.

“The safety of all of our stakeholders and communities is our priority and we are committed to starting the 2020-21 season when it is safe to do so. We know that this is difficult news for many of our players, fans, billets, parents, staff and teams. However, the restrictions both provincially in Ontario, as well as nationally with regards to cross-border travel have informed our decision.”