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CHL PLAYOFFS AND 2020 MEMORIAL CUP CANCELLED

JAMES TUBB
MARCH 23, 2020  ·  18H09
The CHL announced March 18 that they would be postponing their regular season in an attempt to flatten the curve of COVID-19, that has shut down all major sports.

However Monday, the CHL decided to officially cancel the playoffs and as a result, the 2020 Memorial Cup in Kelowna, B.C. The last time the cup was in B.C. was in Kelowna, home of the Rockets in 2004 who won the entire tournament.


This would be the first time in the 102-year history of the trophy that it isn’t presented to the national junior hockey champion. The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the QMJHL were last year's Memorial Cup champion, beating the host Halifax Mooseheads 4-2 in the final.

The Memorial Cup is often used by NHL teams as the final chance to see future draft picks play in a playoff type atmosphere.

When asked about how much value his organziation held in the tournament, current Oilers GM Ken Holland said this:

"I think it’s really valuable for the players. You’re talking about 17- to 19-year-old players. They’re still in the development stages and all the experience they can get in big games on big stages with pressure, those are all important experiences as they are developing as hockey players. From an NHL standpoint, you’re not going to base everything on one tournament, but it’s another opportunity to evaluate a player at a real important tournament."



The Memorial Cup was scheduled to run from May 22-31 in Kelowna, B.C. The OHL is set to host the 2021 tournament, with the bidding between the Oshawa Generals and Soo Greyhounds.
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