The WHL announced on Friday that as a result of multiple players and staff added to the COVID-19 protocol list, 15 teams have paused team activities. The League also announced the postponement of eight games. Those included two Kelowna Rockets games.

-Tuesday, January 11 at Prince George Cougars
-Wednesday, January 12 at Prince George Cougars

The Rockets are not one of the teams that are paused. The 15 teams are:

Calgary Hitmen
Edmonton Oil Kings
Everett Silvertips
Kamloops Blazers
Medicine Hat Tigers
Moose Jaw Warriors
Prince Albert Raiders
Prince George Cougars
Red Deer Rebels
Regina Pats
Saskatoon Blades

Spokane Chiefs

Tri-City Americans
Victoria Royals
Winnipeg ICE

In addition to the Rockets’ three games that have been postponed, the following five games have also been postponed:

Tuesday, January 11:

Calgary at Regina 

Prince George at Edmonton

Spokane at Victoria

Wednesday, January 12:

Calgary at Moose Jaw
Spokane at Victoria 

The Lethbridge Hurricanes and the Swift Current Broncos have been cleared for team activities. It is anticipated that numerous other clubs on pause will be cleared to resume activities in the coming days.

WHL Commissioner Ron Robison said in a statement that the League is committed to completing the 68 game season.

“The WHL and our member Clubs remain fully committed to playing through the 68-game WHL Regular Season schedule and Playoffs. As we work through the challenges presented by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our priority continues to be to deliver a world-class development experience for WHL players, staff, and officials, and to do so in a safe and healthy manner. On behalf of the entire WHL, I wish to thank WHL fans and WHL corporate partners everywhere for their patience as we work to reschedule games in the coming weeks.

The Rockets’ next scheduled game is Friday, January 14, when they host the Victoria Royals.