The WHL is cancelling the remaining 54 games in the 2019-20 regular season as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the league announced Wednesday.
The Western Hockey League announced today the conclusion of the 2019-20 regular season.
— The WHL (@TheWHL) March 18, 2020
“The WHL takes the safety of our players, officials, staff, fans and everyone associated with the WHL very seriously,” said WHL commissioner Ron Robison in a statement.
“Given the ongoing public health developments regarding COVID-19, we deemed it necessary to cancel the remaining games on the 2019-20 WHL regular season schedule.”
The WHL said the decision was made following a meeting with its board of governors and in consultation with medical professionals.
The league will continue to monitor public health developments with respect to COVID-19 and hopes to schedule the playoffs at a later date.
The WHL will determine final standings using win percentage.
“We thank WHL fans and partners for your patience and understanding during these challenging times,” said the statement.