The North West Junior Hockey League won’t be finishing the remainder of the 2020/2021 season.

Leagues met with Hockey Alberta on Monday, which resulted in a vote to end the season. This came after recent COVID-19 updates from the Government of Alberta.

A four-step approach to easing COVID-19 restrictions in Alberta was announced by  Premier, Jason Kenney, on Friday.

“The earliest hockey could return would be March 1,” Hockey Alberta said in a media release Tuesday afternoon.

“Hockey Alberta is disappointed by the government’s announcement. Our senior leadership team has been involved in ongoing discussions on what a safe and inclusive relaunch plan could look like for our sport. Hockey Alberta will continue working with government and health officials to develop a relaunch plan that allows for hockey activities and keeps our youth active for their physical and mental well-being.”

The last set of NWJHL games played this season was on November 14th, 2020.

The NWJHL will wait for the AHS restrictions to be lifted before getting back on the ice, said the league in a statement Wednesday.

“…to put a proper end to a dismal season,” says the social media post.

Both the Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks and the Fort St. John Huskies compete in the NWJHL.