Mississauga Hockey League suspends play until January amid COVID-19 concerns

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Published December 20, 2021 at 9:59 am

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The Mississauga Hockey League (MHL) is following the lead of its parent organization in Toronto and cancelling all scheduled games until further notice amid concerns of surging COVID-19 cases across the GTA and beyond.

On Saturday, the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL) announced it was postponing all competitive games (A, AA and AAA) through Thursday (Dec. 23). The league is scheduled to take its annual mid-season break from Dec. 24 to Jan. 1.


In making the move, GTHL officials said its member house leagues and the MHL could make their own decisions regarding halting play.

On Sunday, MHL officials decided to suspend all games.

“In light of the recent announcement by the GTHL to cease hockey operations…and in order to protect our MHL players, coaches and parents, the Mississauga Hockey League has decided to follow suit,” a statement on the MHL website reads. “Thus, effective today (Dec. 19), all MHL games between now and Dec. 23 have been cancelled. We hope to resume operations after our normal Christmas Break and start play again on Jan. 3. That will, of course, depend on the GTHL and our local health authorities, so stay tuned.”

Similar to the GTHL, the MHL says practices are allowed to continue, but teams should check with their area associations regarding the status of practice facilities..

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

The GTHL, Canada’s largest minor hockey association, says its decision was made in response to public health concerns amid surging rates of COVID-19.

 

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