Winnipeg Jets fans living in British Columbia will need to wait a little bit longer to see their team in action. On Thursday afternoon, the Vancouver Canucks announced the indefinite postponement of the 2020 Young Stars Classic, originally scheduled for September 11 through 15.
“The Canucks and the South Okanagan Events Centre have enjoyed a long-standing partnership, previously co-hosting eight young stars tournaments together, and look forward to bringing NHL hockey back to fans in the Okanagan when the time is appropriate,” the Vancouver Canucks and the SOEC posted in a joint statement Thursday.
After going on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Hockey League is set to resume official training camps on July 13, following a four-month break in the 2019-20 season. The Stanley Cup is expected to be presented in late September or early October. The teams will then enjoy some time off, before resuming activity and beginning the 2020-21 season in December.
The Young Stars Classic is a prospect camp featuring the four western Canadian hockey clubs in a round robin tournament from the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, BC. The Jets were set to play Vancouver on the evening of Friday, September 11, Calgary on Saturday, September 12 and Edmonton on Tuesday, September 15. There is no indication of a potential rescheduling of the event.
With the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers unable to participate in the tournament in 2018 and Winnipeg backing out the following year to attend the 2019 Rookie Showcase in Bellville, the 2019 event was cancelled, so the postponement of the 2020 tournament hurts Penticton that much more.