LONGUEUIL, Que. – The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League draft will be conducted online amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The QMJHL said in a statement Wednesday the event scheduled for Sherbrooke’s Palais des Sports Leopold-Drolet on June 6 will instead be held remotely due to the novel coronavirus that continues to sweep across the globe.
The league announced Tuesday it was cancelling its remaining regular-season games — the schedule was set to end Saturday — but made no mention of the playoffs.
QMJHL’s draft lottery, which was slated for next Wednesday, has been postponed to a later date.
The Ontario Hockey League already conducts its draft remotely, while the Western Hockey League’s draft is scheduled for May 7 in Red Deer, Alta.
Canada’s top junior circuits all suspended operations last week after the NHL, along with most other North American leagues and sports organizations, paused proceedings amid coronavirus pandemic.