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Tuesday , 19 January 2021

Bonnyville Pontiacs will be sidelined until at least January

The Alberta Junior Hockey League is intending on returning to game action when they are given the green light.

The league’s Board of Governors met on Friday to discuss a Return to Play Plan, but with existing provincial restrictions in place for several weeks the League is unable to establish a timeline for return until January, the AJHL said in a release.

“Our priority is to exhaust all options in order to have some form of a season and do everything we can do to benefit our athletes, teams, and league through development and game play,” said AJHL Commissioner Ryan Bartoshyk.

“We will continue to lean on the valuable relationships built over the last nine months in order to determine a pathway to first safely return to our communities and facilities and then to competition.”

The AJHL continues to work with its Chief Medical Officer, Alberta Health Services and the Government of Alberta on an updated Return to Play Plan necessary to protect players, officials, staff and fans.

The Bonnyville Pontiacs held a 2-2 record in the first four games of regular season play until the season was put on pause in late November.

Coach/GM Rick Swan with Christmas greetings

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.