The Border Bruins play the Nelson Leafs Friday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. Photo: Jensen Edwards

The Border Bruins play the Nelson Leafs Friday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. Photo: Jensen Edwards

UPDATE: Bruins won’t play after Friday’s game against Nelson Leafs

Citing Dr. Bonnie Henry’s recent travel restrictions, the KIJHL said teams can’t play within health regions

The Grand Forks Border Bruins will not play again until at least Dec. 7, following the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s (KIJHL) season suspension Friday, Nov. 20.

The bears lost their away game against the Nelson Leafs Friday, Nov. 20 by a score of 10 – 1.

The KIJHL suspended the Junior B season after a review of COVID-19 guidelines by British Columbia’s delivery agency for sport programs, Viasport. The league said via Twitter Friday evening that it will re-evaluate on Dec. 7.

Bruins’ social media manager Haley Clewlow said the league allowed Friday night’s game to go ahead because the bears reached Nelson before the league’s announcement.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced province-wide restrictions on travel between health authority regions Thursday, Nov. 19. A Friday afternoon statement by league communications director Emmanuel Sequeira said the league had interpreted the restrictions to mean teams could continue to travel within the Interior Health region.

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The Bruins were scheduled to face off against the Creston Rebels Saturday night at the Jack, according to the team’s online schedule.


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