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NWJHL finals cancelled due to coronavirus concerns

As sporting events around B.C. and Alberta were cancelled Thursday, speculation emerged over whether the 2019-20 NWJHL final between the Fort St. John Huskies and North Peace Navigators would begin tomorrow night as originally planned.
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As sporting events around B.C. and Alberta were cancelled Thursday, speculation emerged over whether the 2019-20 NWJHL final between the Fort St. John Huskies and North Peace Navigators would begin tomorrow night as originally planned.

Hockey Canada announced Thursday afternoon that it was cancelling all Hockey-sanctioned events until further notice. Unfortunately, this includes the Huskies and Navigators series. 

"The Hockey Canada Board of Directors has made the decision to cancel all Hockey Canada-sanctioned activities, including our national championships, until further notice, effective Friday, March 13, 2020," said Hockey Canada CEO Tom Renney in the statement.

The NWJHL has since announced that the remainder of the season will be cancelled.

Bacso said the team was very disappointed to hear about the decision.

"My heart goes out to the players who will age out this year. You set your eyes on some goals you really want to achieve at the beginning of the year and it’s frustrating to not be able to see it through," said Bacso.

The series was originally scheduled to being tomorrow night in Fort St. John, with Game 2 being held in Peace River on Saturday, March 12.

The Huskies were having their best season of the past 20 years, and were looking to win their third-straight championship.

Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca