There will be no playoffs in the WHL this season.
The league says it is not in a position to hold any playoffs because of current public health conditions and the ongoing challenges COVID-19 brings including restrictions on travel across both provincial and international borders.
“When we returned to play in February, we set out with the intention of completing a 24-game Regular Season schedule, knowing adjustments would be needed along the way,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “We remained hopeful that public health conditions would improve, but unfortunately that is not the reality we see in front of us today. The ongoing challenges with non-essential interprovincial and international cross-border travel leave us no alternative but to cancel the 2021 WHL Playoffs.
The league adds it will continue working with government and health authorities in the provinces and states where teams are located regarding schedule options for the 21-22 season.