Teams in the SJHL have not played games since November after the league was forced to halt play due to stricter COVID-19 restrictions.

Although hockey teams across the province want to get back on the ice now, they will not be able to do so.

“Yesterday, Wednesday, January 13, 2021, during a virtual call with all provincial sport governing bodies, Ken Dueck from the provincial government’s Business Response Team announced that there would be no consideration of return to play (games) for at least four weeks and that a return to game play is unlikely to happen before the end of March,” said the Saskatchewan Hockey Association in a memo issued Thursday.

The La Ronge Ice Wolves got off to a roaring start, posting a 4-1 record and head coach Kevin Kaminski says the players want to get back to work.

“You’ve got to find ways, you’ve got to adapt in this crazy COVID times here,” said Kaminski on Wednesday in an interview with MBC Radio. “I know they are (the players) all chomping at the bit here to get back to La Ronge and get back to playing hockey.”

Meanwhile, the last game for the Ice Wolves was Nov. 20 when they beat the Melfort Mustangs 3-1 at the Mel Hegland Uniplex in La Ronge.

(PHOTO: The Ice Wolves in action earlier this season against the Battlefords North Stars. Photo courtesy of Brandon White.)