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QMJHL Suspends Play in Quebec

The Canadian Press reported yesterday that The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League has suspended play in two of its three divisions until at least Wednesday October 28. The decision to suspend was made on Wednesday by a QMJHL body known as the Assembly of Members. This is likely the equivalent of other leagues’ boards of governors.

According to this report, The Q has two teams with significant COVID-19 exposure: The Blainville-Boisbriand Armada and the Sherbrooke Phoenix had at least 26 positive cases between them after playing a weekend series against each other on October 4-5.

News of the suspension came 10 days after The Province of Quebec suspended team sports and closed sports facilities in Red Zones. Some of the QMJHL teams located in Quebec were not in Red Zones at the time of that announcement.

Update

According to Mark Lidbetter, The Junior Minister for Sports for the Province of Quebec announced C$70 million in aid to sports federations, associations, and teams. The QMJHL will get C$12 million in aid to support league and franchise operations during the lockdown. {Confirmed in Quebec gives $70M boost to sports federations to help offset impacts of pandemic.}

How Other Media Are Reporting This Story

The SuburbanQuebec announces $70 million financial lifeline to sports and recreation, Mark Lidbetter later wrote an article on the topic of the Province of Quebec’s subsidies for the industries affected by the suspension of indoor sports activity. This bill included the subsidy for the QMJHL as discussed above.