OHL cancels rest of 2019-20 regular season due to COVID-19 pandemic

Erie Otters players look on from the bench. (Luke Durda/OHL Images)

The OHL has cancelled the remaining 56 games of the 2019-20 regular season in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the league announced Wednesday.

The decision was reached after a meeting with the league’s board of governors and in consultation with medical professionals.

“In the interest of the safety of our players, officials, staff, fans and the general public, it’s been agreed that the cancellation of the remainder of the 2019-20 regular season is the proper course of action to take at this time,” said OHL commissioner David Branch in a statement.

The league said it will continue to monitor developments around COVID-19 and when it is safe to resume play, it will announce an update on the status of the playoffs.

“We thank OHL players and their families, fans and partners for their continued patience and understanding throughout this challenging situation,” said Branch.

The OHL will also hold the 2020 OHL Priority Selection online on April 4.

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