The SJHL season has been on hiatus since the end of November after stricter COVID-19 measures were implemented by the provincial government.
SJHL President Bill Chow joined the SJ @ Noon Facebook show Monday and he was asked if there’s a drop-dead date for the season.
“Hypothetically, I don’t see a lot of the arenas wanting to stay open past the middle of May, which would be the May long weekend,” said Chow. “I think that’s a fair estimate, so we have to determine that.”
The SJHL has said it is committed to finishing the 2020-21 season.
Last Friday, the SJHL received some good news though. The league is getting $1 million dollars from the provincial government due to challenges created due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This money will go towards the teams and they will have their individual team bills to pay off — and hopefully provide them some opportunity to lead them into next season,” said Chow. “When March 2020 came along, I think both of you realized how much fundraising goes on over the summer for these community-owned teams. The fact of the matter is that they couldn’t do any of that.”
Each Saskatchewan-based WHL team will receive $600,000 dollars from the province.
Meanwhile, the La Ronge Ice Wolves were only able to play five games and they posted a 4-1 record this season.
(PHOTO: The Ice Wolves taking on the Nipawin Hawks in November. Photo courtesy of Brandon White.)