The Western Hockey League's board of governors has committed to a 24-game season for 2021, with a start date yet to be determined, the league announced in a release Friday night.
— The WHL (@TheWHL) January 9, 2021
The season start date — as well as the schedule — will be determined once health authorities from all affected provinces and states have given their approval. Those approvals are expected soon, the release said.
“The Western Hockey League is committed to providing a season for WHL players,” WHL commissioner Ron Robison said in a statement. “This commitment ensures WHL players will receive the opportunity to compete at the highest level in the system and continue to pursue their hockey goals in the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players.”