Article content continued

“At the very least we’re getting their attention,” Toigo said.

Henry said Friday that her office had received a plan in January from the WHL clubs — the  Giants, Kelowna Rockets, Kamloops Blazers, Victoria Royals and Prince George Cougars — that didn’t receive approval, but Toigo said it wasn’t the hub plan. The B.C. teams were earlier looking for something similar to the home-and-home, weekend doubleheader set-up that’s been approved for the league’s Alberta teams.

“The first hub proposal was (sent in) last week,” Toigo explained.

“We’ve put a plan in that we think is responsible and fair and manageable,” he added “By all accounts, when you use that format, it’s worked virtually everywhere as long as people stick to the protocols.”

Henry extended orders on Friday that don’t allow for game play between rival teams or permit travel for sport. She hasn’t given a strict deadline when they might be lifted, only saying that they’ll be in place until “the end of the month.”

If the WHL goes into a hub system, they could likely pull off four games a week per team and be finished in six weeks. Assuming a two-week training camp in early March, they could be done by the end of April.

The Alberta division is slated to begin its 24-game season on Feb. 26.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here