Western Hockey League commissioner Ron Robison announced Thursday season will be paused until further notice.
The Spokane Chiefs, who currently sit third in the U.S. Division standings, have four regular-season games remaining on their schedule, including games at the Spokane Arena on Friday and Saturday. Those games have been postponed.
“The WHL takes the safety of our players, officials, staff, fans, and everyone associated with the WHL very seriously,” the league said in a release. “We will continue to monitor ongoing public health developments regarding COVID-19. Our goal is to return to play when it is safe and reasonable to do so.”
On Wednesday, U.S. Division members Seattle and Everett announced they would play without fans. Spokane was scheduled to play at Seattle on Tuesday.
The team is encouraging fans to check in at their website (spokanechiefs.com) and follow the Chiefs on social media (@spokanechiefs) for updates.
Fans with tickets to the Chiefs’ home games on Friday or Saturday are asked hold on to those unused tickets and wait for further direction.
No makeup dates or plans have been announced by the WHL.
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