COVID-19: Calgary Hitmen, Medicine Hat Tigers postpone games after player tests positive

Calgary Hitmen have suspended all activities after a player tested positive for COVID-19, the Western Hockey League said Friday.

The Medicine Hat Tigers have also suspended activities after playing the Hitmen on Monday.

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“The WHL is working in consultation with Alberta Health regarding the matter concerning the Calgary Hitmen and Medicine Hat Tigers,” the organization said in a news release.

“At this time, there have been no positive test results for COVID-19 within the team cohort of the Medicine Hat Tigers. Pending determination of close contacts and further test results, the WHL will provide further information.”

The suspensions impact the following games:

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  • Friday, April 9:  Medicine Hat Tigers at Lethbridge Hurricanes
  • Friday, April 9: Calgary Hitmen at Red Deer Rebels
  • Saturday, April 10: Lethbridge Hurricanes at Medicine Hat Tigers
  • Sunday, April 11: Red Deer Rebels at Calgary Hitmen
  • Monday, April 12: Medicine Hat Tigers at Lethbridge Hurricanes
  • Monday, April 12: Calgary Hitmen at Red Deer Rebels

The WHL said in place of the postponed games, the following games from the Central Division from April 9 to April 12 will be contested:

  • Friday, April 9, 7 p.m.: Lethbridge Hurricanes at Red Deer Rebels
  • Saturday, April 10, 7 p.m.: Red Deer Rebels at Lethbridge Hurricanes
  • Monday, April 12, 7 p.m.: Red Deer Rebels at Lethbridge Hurricanes

The WHL also announced the discovery of two other positive tests for COVID-19 — one for the Kelowna Rockets and one for the Vancouver Giants.

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The Rockets are currently are in a COVID pause, while the league says the Giants player was undergoing a mandatory quarantine and had not had any contact with teammates.

The Ontario Hockey League, the other Canadian major junior hockey circuit, has not started a 2021 season.

— With files from The Canadian Press


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