The Western Ontario Athletic Association’s (WOAA) senior hockey circuit decided to cancel the 2020-21 season at their Annual General Meeting earlier this month.
A motion at the meeting was carried that “there would be no playing season for 2020-2021 hockey season. It will be the responsibility of each member team to remit their 2020-202I insurance premium and the WOAA registration fee.”
The Saugeen Shores Winterhawks issued a statement following the cancellation that said the recent increase in provincial COVID-19 cases made it “increasingly apparent the provincial government will not be easing restrictions to the point where it would make sense for us to take the ice this season”.
“Looking at the perspectives of both safety and finances, we could not possibly operate in a manner that would ensure the prosperity of our organization or league as a whole. We are disappointed for our players, fans and sponsors, but we feel we have no other choice, given the information available to us,” said Gord Lamont, president of the Winterhawks, in a statement.
The double-A and single-A senior men’s hockey league cancelled the 2019-20 season during the playoffs as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold locally.
At that time, the Minto 81’s were tied 2-2 in their semifinal series with the Ripley Wolves while the Clinton Radars were up 3-1 on the Tillsonburg Thunder in the double-A loop.
The league’s statement said WOAA records show senior hockey in the region has been running uninterrupted for 72 seasons, since the 1948-49 campaign.
“We are hopeful that 2021-2022 will see the return of regular competition in our Senior Hockey League,” the league’s release said.