John Paddock thinks WHL did the right thing in postponing season

The Regina Pats season likely came to an end on Wednesday night with just over a week to go in the regular season.

On Thursday, the Canadian Hockey League stopped play in wake of the COVID-19 situation as they do what many other leagues have done including the Western Hockey League and the National Hockey League with Hockey Canada cancelling all events as well meaning hockey has basically come to an end for the time being.

GM John Paddock says it is a tough decision to make, but it is one that certainly had to be done for the safety of players and fans.

“The landscape for all sports has changed dramatically in a short period of time, and I don’t think its being copycat, but there is stuff going on where precautions have to be taken. ” Paddock said Thursday at the Brandt Centre moments after the CHL had made its announcement. “For our club, we are in an area where there has been one confirmed case provincially, but its caution and safety for everyone involved.  It’s a needed thing.”

Paddock is hopeful the season can resume and while his team won’t be in the playoffs, that playoffs can happen and the season can be finished.

“That’s why suspended or postponed is how it has been worded. It’s not cancelled. “Paddock stated.”’Everything is possible within the safety of the general public and the players participating than there will be games.  If it’s not then there  won’t be. That would be everybody’s wish and hope, but there’s a lot of things that will come into play with that.

If the season is over for Regina, they end the year with a record of 21-34-6-2.


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