The Manitoba Junior Hockey League has publicly announced that it has every intention on returning for a full 2021-22 season beginning in the fall of 2021. This news comes following a year that saw the season put on hold, before ultimately being cancelled – alongside the playoffs – as the COVID-19 pandemic wore on.
League commissioner Kevin Saurette provided the following update on the state of the league on Tuesday evening:
The Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL), and its 12 member organizations, are currently making all necessary preparations for the 2021-2022 season which includes full season schedule planning with multiple options.
The MJHL will continue to work with Sport Manitoba, Hockey Manitoba, Government and Public Health Officials to ensure that all necessary safety precautions and guidelines are in place to commence the 2021/22 season in September safely and responsibly. The expectation with the current vaccine rollout timelines within the province is that MJHL fans will be permitted to attend and support MJHL Hockey come September – More specific schedule details to follow in the coming weeks.
The MJHL Spring Development Program has been ongoing since April 4th, which has allowed MJHL players the opportunity to return to the ice for fun and skill development sessions to benefit their overall mental, physical, social and developmental well-being. The Program follows current public health orders and will run into the latter half of May. To date, 45 + on-ice development group sessions have been completed.
Planning continues for the MJHL Prospect Development Camp (2005/2004 Manitoba born MJHL Prospects) and the MJHL Draft Prospect Camp (2006 Manitoba born 2022 MJHL Draft Prospects) which will take place in Winnipeg from July 14 -18. Player invitations have been sent with registrations filling up quickly.
The 2021 MJHL AGM is planned to be held virtually on Thursday, June 3rd.
The MJHL would like to thank the amazing partners, organizations, staff, players, volunteers, and the entire MJHL community for their vital support and commitment during these unprecedented times – The Future is Bright for the MJHL.
Please stay tuned for exciting announcements still to come.