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WHL Covid-19 Testing Results

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With all amateur sports on hold we continue to follow the WHL and the BCHL “Pod’s” that many feel was set up for draft ratings for those whose careers are coming to an end.

Many still question the fact that Junior A are allowed to play, but nothing was set up for either of the three Junior B leagues in the Province who develop players for the above two leagues.

Strangely enough no one seems to be able to give anyone an answer to the above which many continue to ponder?

Covid testing is on-going with some doing a remarkable job checking everyone out who enters the various buildings.

Other venues simply have you fill out a form which apparently is taken at face value which everyone is thankful for, but you still have to question why this is the overall procedure?

I recently received the following information from the WHL regarding their statement on COVID-19 testing results:

Enjoy the read and thanks to the WHL for the info.

The WHL completed the 12th week of its return to play with zero positive test results for COVID-19 among the 786 tests administered across the WHL from April 25 through April 30, 2021. 

 In the Central Division, a total of 159 tests were administered for the Calgary Hitmen, Edmonton Oil Kings, Lethbridge Hurricanes, Medicine Hat Tigers and Red Deer Rebels from April 25 through April 30. 

Using private PCR testing provided by DynaLIFE, testing was administered once to all members of the team delegations of players and staff. 

 In the U.S. Division, a total of 467 tests were administered for the Everett Silvertips, Portland Winterhawks, Seattle Thunderbirds, Spokane Chiefs, and Tri-City Americans from April 25 through April 30. 

Using private antigen testing, members of the team delegations for Everett, Portland, Seattle and Spokane were tested three times. Tri-City was tested twice using private antigen testing and once using PCR testing. 

 In the B.C. Division, a total of 141 tests were administered for the Kamloops Blazers, Kelowna Rockets, Prince George Cougars, Vancouver Giants and Victoria Royals from April 25 through April 30. 

Using private PCR testing provided by DynaLIFE, testing was administered once to all members of the team delegations of players and staff. 

 To date, the WHL has administered a total of 9,006 tests for COVID-19 from February 12 through April 30, 2021, with 14 positive test results.

 The WHL will continue to provide regular updates on COVID-19 testing results.

The WHL will not be providing information on the identity of any individuals. 

About the Western Hockey League

Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. 

The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. 

A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. 

The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 375 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice.

 Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.