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Hockey is coming back to Lethbridge as WHL announces new season starting date for 2021

October 15, 2020

The Western Hockey League announced that junior hockey will be returning soon. The season will officially be getting underway on January 8th. The General Manager of the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Peter Anholt, says his team isn't sure how many games they’ll be playing this season, but is excited for the upcoming campaign. The players are also happy that they’ll be able to play again, whether fans will be in attendance or not.

There hasn't been hockey in Lethbridge due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and cheers in the Enmax Centre for the Lethbridge Hurricanes have been few and far between since then.

Anholt says it's exciting from a league and player standpoint, and it's great that the WHL has nailed down a date, "I know that all of the staff is excited, and certainly any of our players that we've reached out to already. We'll have a big meeting with them soon."

"Credit our owners around the league to step up like they have, because there's so many questions. But for our owners to step up like they have, is a real significant part of this," adds Anholt.

Anholt says that players and staff will go through COVID-19 testing, "We want to do it in the best way that we possibly can for the health of our players and staff."

The Hurricanes will play within their division this year. "Just to eliminate the cross-border travel for at least at this point," says Anholt.

There hasn't been a decision as of yet if fans will be able to come to the games as of January of 2021. "We're going to play regardless, and hopefully thing will either lighten up at that point, but right now we're playing. That is the key to this whole thing," emphasized Anholt.