The OHL is not about to let the COVID-19 wipe away another season.
Following an emergency meeting on Wednesday morning held between the Ontario Hockey League's board of governors to discuss ways in which to navigate the various new restrictions put in place by the Ontario government this week, the OHL announced that they have reaffirmed their commitment to continue the 2021-22 campaign unabated.
This announcement comes shortly after the Ontario government announced that no spectators will be permitted to attend sporting events in the province for at least the next three weeks as part of their reversion back to Stage Two of their health and safety measures, effectively stripping OHL franchises of the ability to generate gate revenue.
Despite this hurdle, the league is focused on forging ahead. After the 2020-21 season was canceled completely by the ongoing pandemic, it's clear that both the owners and the OHL's board of governors are determined to avoid any more disruptions to the development of their young players.
Most teams have announced that they will play in empty buildings until the capacity limits are lifted. The Ontario government has said that they will reassess these new restrictions in three weeks' time.