Mississauga Hockey League shut down for at least the next three weeks

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Published January 4, 2022 at 10:57 am

The Mississauga Hockey League (MHL) and minor hockey across the province have been shut down for at least three weeks as the Ontario government and public health officials try to get a handle on the huge spike in COVID-19 cases.

As part of the provincial government’s sweeping new temporary restrictions announced yesterday, all indoor sports facilities are being closed until at least Jan. 26.

In a statement posted to its website, the MHL said that date is subject to change with any new public health developments.

“As a result, Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL) organizations (including the MHL), teams and players at all levels cannot participate in any indoor activities,” the statement reads. “The MHL will continue to work with the GTHL, local public health agencies, municipalities and facility operators in order to return to hockey as safely as possible once the restrictions are lifted.”

This is the second time in several weeks the MHL, GTHL and other minor associations in Ontario have adjusted their schedules due to the pandemic, specifically the surge in cases due to the new Omicron variant.

In the week before Christmas, the MHL announced it was following the lead of its parent organization in Toronto and cancelling all scheduled games until further notice.

The leagues postponed all competitive games and extended their holiday breaks. They were looking to get back underway this week, but the Ontario government’s latest announcement put those plans to rest.

The MHL is comprised of six member associations that provide both houseleague and competitive opportunities for players of all ages: Applewood, Erindale, Heartland, Lorne Park Clarkson, Meadowvale and Port Credit hockey associations.

The GTHL is Canada’s largest minor hockey association.

 

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