Will the WHL play this fall?

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The WHL is a ticket driven league.

Commissioner Ron Robison made that perfectly clear today when he spoke to the media.

"In the event that we can't get to a certain spectator level that will allow our teams to operate, we will not be in a position to start play."    

Robison says that 'spectator level' has to be at 50 percent capacity at a minimum. 

The league plans to open the 2020-2021 season October 2nd.

"We might have a completely different looking schedule than we traditionally have. Would more divisional play be something we are considering? Absolutely. 

The WHL will not be testing its players for COVID-19 unless health officials deem it necessary and they have not asked for player exemptions to cross the Canada/US border.  to open the 2020-2021 season October 2nd.

"We might have a completely different looking schedule than we traditionally have. Would more divisional play be something we are considering? Absolutely. 

The WHL will not be testing its players for COVID-19 unless health officials deem it necessary and they have not asked for player exemptions to cross the Canada/US border. 

Other key notes:

Training camps will open two weeks before start of season (September 15th). Likely smaller number of players attending training camp.  

If the season doesn't start until December, they still beleive a 68 game regular season is doable. The playoffs may have to be shortened though or the Memorial Cup moves back.

Players health is the #1 priority. Will take all precautions necessarry to provide a safe enviornment.   

WHL wants all Canadian and US teams to be able to play/cross border to start the season. US teams are based in Washington and Oregon State.