BCHL Today: Canadian Junior Hockey League officially shuts down 2019-20 season, Cents extend GM/Head Coach Sweet-Coulter, and more

CJHL officially pulls the plug on 2019-20 season

The Canadian Junior Hockey League and Hockey Canada completely cancelled the 2019-20 season on Friday due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It means for the first time ever, all league playoffs, the BC-Alberta regional Doyle Cup championship and the Centennial Cup Canadian National junior A championship will not be held.

The announcement comes less than 24 hours after the CJHL said it was only cancelling the season until further notice.

Cents give contract extension to GM/Head Coach Sweet-Coulter

The Merritt Centennials announced a contract extension for general manager and head coach Derek Sweet-Coulter that sees him return in both roles through the 2020-21 season.

Sweet-Coulter, who won coach of the year in the Superior International Junior Hockey League in 2018-19, was promoted from assistant coach and assistant GM when the Cents fired Barry Wolff in October.

The Centennials went 12-31-1-3 with Sweet-Coulter at the helm but were the only BCHL team to miss the playoffs.

Spruce Kings cancel spring camp

The Prince George Spruce Kings cancelled their spring prospects camp on Friday. The camp was scheduled from April 3 – 5 in Prince George.

It’s likely other BCHL teams will follow suit since Hockey Canada’s cancellation of the 2019-20 season includes camps and tryouts.

Players attending any such camps are insured under Hockey Canada. As such, any camps and tryouts are considered Hockey Canada sanctioned events.