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Western Hockey League provides coronavirus testing update for the Regina hub

The league said 428 COVID-19 tests have been administered between the five Saskatchewan teams and the two Manitoba teams in the Regina hub. EPA/CHAMILA KARUNARATHNE

The Western Hockey League (WHL) announced on Friday afternoon that all the teams in its Eastern hub have been cleared to begin full-team on-ice practices.

The league said 428 COVID-19 tests have been administered between the five Saskatchewan teams and the two Manitoba teams in the Regina hub.

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All have come back negative.

Players, coaches and support staff were tested when they arrived in Regina, and then a second time after a mandatory quarantine period.

Across the entire league, the WHL has administered a total of 1,099 tests for COVID-19, from Feb. 12 through March 5, with no positive test results.

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The 24-game Eastern Division schedule begins on March 12.

On opening day, the Brandon Wheat kings face the Moose Jaw Warriors at 4 p.m. In the evening, the Prince Albert Raiders face the Regina Pats at 8 p.m.

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