The Manitoba Women’s Junior Hockey League will play a 2020-21 season. Despite shaping up slightly different than past years, the upcoming season will be played, and played out in its entirety. As one of the only leagues within the province of Manitoba to ‘complete’ the 2019-20 season, the MWJHL was able to award a champion, although in a very unorthodox way.
With the regularly scheduled best-of-five championship series between the Western Predators and the Polar Ice knotted up at 1-1, the league was given the directive midway through Game 3 on March 12 that it would be the final game of the season, as Hockey Canada had just announced the cancellation of all games due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the Predators up 1-0 through two periods, they added another goal in the third period, taking a 2-0 victory and 2-1 best-of-five/three championship series win.
Fast forward six months and plans are officially in place for a brand new season, beginning with two skates in early October, and tryouts running on the 17th and 18th at Bell MTS Iceplex. In replacing the typical ‘MWJHL Prospect Camp’ and ‘Preseason Practice Skates’, the two ice times booked for October 7 and 14 (also at the Iceplex) are for players hoping to play within the MWJHL during the 2020-21 season.
The cost for the two practice skates was $40 and was payable in advance to the MWJHL via E-Transfer (LMBenson@mymts.net). Players who had previously registered for the annual Prospect Camp remain on the practice skate signup list. Players wanting to participate in the 2020-21 season are required to participate. Players from the 2019-20 MWJHL season were allowed to sign up for the practice skates if space allowed. Players must pay the full $40 even if only able to attend just one skate. Registration for the two practice skates is now officially closed.
The 2020-21 season is available to females born from 2000-2003. Registration is to be completed on the MWJHL website. Tryouts are scheduled for October 17 and 18 at the Iceplex, with only rookies serving as participants as a way to limit numbers due to the new COVID-19 restrictions. Cost for the two tryout skates is $50. Following registration, information will be sent out via mail regarding payment/tryout times. There will be no information provided via letters this year.