The provincial government has committed funding to support both the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League and Saskatchewan teams from the Western Hockey League facing challenges created by COVID-19.
$3 million dollars will be directed to assist WHL teams with revenue shortfalls due to COVID-19 restrictions with each team receiving $600,000. The SJHL will be given $1 million which will be received by the league.
“Our junior hockey teams are a critical part of the cultural fabric and local economies across the province,” said Trade and Export Development Minister Jeremy Harrison in a government release. “Necessary restrictions due to COVID-19 have had a significant impact on these leagues and their teams and this support will help them address these financial challenges.”
“COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on our five Saskatchewan-based WHL teams and we commend the Government of Saskatchewan for providing this assistance at such a critical time,” stated WHL Commissioner Ron Robison.
The government adds that officials are working with the WHL, SJHL and other sports leagues on available options for a safe return to play in the future.