The Ontario Hockey League formally cancelled the remainder of the 2019-20 regular season in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Board of Governors met via Conference Call yesterday at 8 am, followed by a General Manager's Conference Call at 11 am with the official announcement being released at 3 pm in the afternoon.
Owen Sound Governor Peter MacDermid and Attack General Manager Dale DeGray represented the club at the two meetings.
DeGray admits it was a lengthy day with a lot of issues on the agenda and still many other aspects still be clarified.
However, DeGray says while the move is not pleasant, it was needed based on COVID-19.
The next activity for the OHL is the annual Priority Selection which will take place as scheduled on Saturday April 4th.
The order of drafting has been established with North Bay picking first and Owen Sound having the 10th overall pick.
However, what isn't determined is whether member clubs will have their scouting staff in one room together or whether the entire online event will see teams using teleconference to communicate among themselves.
The Ontario Hockey League is maintaining the possibility of a post season in the event the pandemic gets eliminated, reduced or controlled.
While that possibility appears to be a long shot, DeGray states it would be a nice upgrade to the current scenario where coronavirus dominates every aspect of our lives in a negative fashion.
Ontario Hockey League Commissioner David Branch announced the conclusion of the 2019-20 OHL Regular Season.
Following a meeting with the OHL Board of Governors and consultation with medical professionals, it was determined that the remaining 56 games of the 2019-20 OHL Regular Season schedule will be cancelled and not played.
“In the interest of the safety of our players, officials, staff, fans and the general public, it’s been agreed that the cancellation of the remainder of the 2019-20 regular season is the proper course of action to take at this time,” said OHL Commissioner David Branch.
“We are continuing to monitor ongoing public health developments regarding COVID-19. When it is safe and we may resume play, we will advise on the status of the 2020 OHL Playoffs. We thank OHL players and their families, fans and partners for their continued patience and understanding throughout this challenging situation.”
The League has additionally confirmed that the 2020 OHL Priority Selection presented by Real Canadian Superstore will be held live online at ontariohockeyleague.com on Saturday, April 4 beginning at 9:00am.
The 2020 OHL Priority Selection Order of Selection will be as follows:
Final OHL regular season standings are based off each OHL team having played an equal number of regular season games (61 games)
1. North Bay Battalion – 38 pts.
2. Niagara IceDogs – 42 pts.*
3. Sarnia Sting – 48 pts.
4. Soo Greyhounds – 56 pts.
5. Kingston Frontenacs – 42 pts.*
6. Hamilton Bulldogs – 56 pts.
7. Mississauga Steelheads – 59 pts.
8. Erie Otters – 61 pts.
9. Barrie Colts 62 pts.
10. Owen Sound Attack – 68 pts.**
11. Sudbury Wolves – 68 pts.**
12. Guelph Storm – 72 pts.
13. Oshawa Generals – 73 pts.
14. Windsor Spitfires – 76 pts.***
15. Peterborough Petes – 76 pts.***
16. Flint Firebirds – 80 pts.
17. Kitchener Rangers – 83 pts.
18. Saginaw Spirit – 85 pts.
19. London Knights – 90 pts.
20. Ottawa 67’s – 99 pts.
* - Kingston and Niagara are tied for 8th place in the Eastern Conference with 42 points. Based on the League’s tie-breaker procedure (most ROW wins, i.e. wins excluding shootouts), Kingston receives the higher position in the standings.
** - Sudbury and Owen Sound are tied with 68 points. Based on the League’s tie-breaker procedure (most ROW wins, i.e. wins excluding shootouts), Sudbury receives the higher position in the standings.
*** - Peterborough and Windsor are tied with 76 points. Based on the League’s tie-breaker procedure (most ROW wins, i.e. wins excluding shootouts), Peterborough receives the higher position in the standings.
OHL Standings ( as of the disruption of league play )
XLondon 62 45 15 1 1 92
XSaginaw 62 41 16 3 2 87
XKitchener 63 40 16 5 2 87
XFlint 63 40 21 1 1 82
XWindsor 62 34 20 8 0 76
XGuelph 63 32 23 3 5 72
Owen Sound 62 30 24 4 4 68
Erie 63 26 26 4 7 63
Sault Ste Marie 64 29 31 3 1 62
Sarnia 62 22 34 5 1 50
XyOttawa 62 50 11 0 1 101
XSudbury 63 34 27 1 1 70
XPeterborough 62 37 21 2 2 78
XOshawa 62 31 20 6 5 73
XBarrie 63 29 28 4 2 64
XMississauga 61 27 29 4 1 59
XHamilton 62 24 30 7 1 56
Kingston 62 19 39 2 2 42
Niagara 63 18 39 5 1 42
North Bay 62 17 41 4 0 38
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The announcement was an administrative one, moving the status of the post season from " postponed " to " cancelled ".
The last " AA " Playoff game conducted was on March 10th.
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As a result, there will be no pro tennis activity at least through June 7th
The decision means a handful of tournaments in Europe will not be staged
Yesterday, the French Open announced they were shifting their date from late May to late September.
The Earlybird deadline for Bayshore Race registration is Tuesday March 31st.
The annual event which serves as a fundraiser for the Owen Sound Regional Hospital is Sunday August 30th.
You can register for the various distances at bayshorerace.com