The Island final playoff series everyone wanted to see will have to wait.
The B.C. Hockey League has suspended its post-season, meaning a best-of-seven series between the Nanaimo Clippers and the Cowichan Valley Capitals that was set to start Friday, March 13, at Frank Crane Arena, will not go ahead as planned.
The league’s decision, according to a press release from the Clippers, is due to the current COVID-19 outbreak.
“Although this is super disappointing and frustrating to our staff, players, and supporters, we understand the seriousness and need to take all steps in place for the safety of our fans and volunteers,” noted a statement from Clippers general manager Tali Campbell. “The Nanaimo Clippers’ first priority is the health and wellbeing of the players and staff.”
The team says it will make sure everyone is refunded for any tickets and fan bus packages purchased, starting “early next week.” In the meantime, the Clippers’ office at Frank Crane Arena is closed.
The B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League has postponed playoffs. The VIU Mariners had been scheduled to play a best-of-three series versus Simon Fraser University in Burnaby this coming weekend, March 13-15.
B.C. Hockey has not made an announcement regarding planned provincial championships this month, including midget Tier 1 provincials at the Nanaimo Ice Centre starting March 16.
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— Nanaimo Bulletin (@NanaimoBulletin) March 12, 2020