For the second year in a row the SHA playoffs aren’t going to be played to conclusion.
The Saskatchewan Hockey Association has announced they are cancelling the 2021 SGI Canada Provincial Playoffs and Carded Team programs.
The SHA Board of Directors made that decision on Wednesday. Teams who entered these competitions will be refunded in a timely manner.
Last year, the SHA playoffs were still in progress when the COVID-19 pandemic forced the SHA to cancel all remaining playoff games in mid-March. This year, no games will be played at all, meaning there will be no SHA provincial champions for two years in a row.
In a statement, general manager Kelly McClintock said the following:
"The decision was not an easy one however at this point the SHA’s focus is simply to get everyone back to playing games in a League environment to salvage the season. There was no way we could accommodate separate competitions within the environment we are living in. Right now, we are simply fortunate to be able to have Minor Hockey Teams practice when you compare our situation to the two neighboring provinces who are not able to play or practice in any fashion.”