OJHL announces Feb. 1 return

Ontario Junior Hockey League action will be returning to Wellington and Trenton in February.

The season has been on hold since Jan. 5 due to restrictions imposed by the Ontario government.

On Sunday, the junior A league announced its schedule would resume Feb. 1 and that the OJHL Board of Governors approved extending the regular season from March 5 to April 7 to allow for the rescheduling of postponed games.

“The OJHL Board of Governors were unanimously in favour of extending the OJHL regular season to allow for our players to play the full 54-game season,” stated Commissioner Marty Savoy in a release. “When the provincial government announced the shutdown, our teams immediately started the process with the league of rescheduling games in an effort to have as many scheduled once the league resumed play.”

Currently, the next scheduled games involving local teams are Friday, Feb. 4 when the Trenton Golden Hawks host the Cobourg Cougars at 7:30 p.m. and the Wellington Dukes visit the St. Michael’s Buzzers at 7:30 p.m.

To date, 125 OJHL regular season games have been postponed. About half of those have been rescheduled with the rest to be set within the next few weeks. The league’s website will continue to be updated as rescheduled games are confirmed.

As Ontario eases restrictions, hockey arenas will be open at 50 per cent capacity or up to 500 people. Proof of vaccination and masking requirements will continue to remain in place where they already exist. All capacity limits on indoor spaces are scheduled to be lifted March 14.