OJHL season to resume February 1

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – The Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) announced Sunday, that the league’s regular season will resume on Feb. 1, 2022.

The OJHL Board of Governors today approved extending the end of the OJHL regular season to April 7, 2022 to allow for the rescheduling of all OJHL postponed games.

The OJHL season has been on pause since Jan. 5. The regular season was to end March 5.

“The OJHL Board of Governors were unanimously in favour of extending the OJHL regular season to allow for our players to play the full 54-game season,” said OJHL Commissioner Marty Savoy. “When the provincial government announced the shutdown, our teams immediately started the process with the league of rescheduling games in an effort to have as many scheduled once the league resumed play.”

A total of 125 OJHL regular season games have been postponed due to the Ontario government’s recent shutdown and OJHL COVID 19 protocols. Approximately 50 per cent of those games have already been rescheduled with the remaining games to be rescheduled within the next few weeks. The league will continue to update the league’s schedule on its website as rescheduled games are confirmed.

Ontario will begin easing COVID-19 public health restrictions Jan. 31, the government announced Thursday, That includes the return of youth sports. Hockey arenas will be open at 50-percent capacity or up to 500 people, whichever is less. Proof of vaccination and masking requirements will continue to remain in place where they already exist. All capacity limits on indoor spaces are scheduled to be lifted March 14.