Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League ponders vaccine mandate

Like other junior hockey leagues in B.C., the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League is considering whether or not to require players, staff and officials to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to participate this coming season.

“That would be a decision of the bovernors as a whole which will be discussed at an upcoming meeting,” VIJHL president Simon Morgan said in an email to Black Press.

Simon noted that neither Hockey Canada nor BC Hockey have mandated vaccines for players.

One of B.C.’s three junior B leagues, the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, announced on Monday, Aug. 16 that it would require all players, bench staff and on-ice officials to receive their first dose of the vaccine before participating in training camps.

The province’s other junior B league, the Pacific Junior Hockey League, and the junior A B.C. Hockey League, are also weighing their options about requiring players, staff and fans to be vaccinated.

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