The Kingston Frontenacs will not be suiting up at all this season as the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) has cancelled any plans for a return to play for the 2020-21 season. This marks the second OHL season in a row to not be concluded due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a letter to Fans, Players, Coaches, Billets and Sponsors, team President and Governor, Doug Springer outlined the team’s regret for the failed attempt for a return to play.
“Unfortunately, with conditions worsening and the stay at home order being extended, a return to play was not to be,” the letter read.
“The League’s goal has always been to get our players back on the ice this season, but only if we could do so safely,” League commissioner, David Branch said. “We have worked tirelessly with the Province, the Premier, the Minister of Sport and the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health on various scenarios that would see a return to play. We have been totally focused and committed on securing a safe return to the ice.“
The two other CHL leagues, the Western Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey league are in the midst of completed shortened seasons, but the Ontario league was never able to come to an agreement with the province, which means the Memorial Cup will also not be handed out for a second-straight season.
“By the Premier’s own admission, Ontario has the toughest restrictions in North America,” a statement from Commissioner David Branch read.
The Kingston Frontenacs say they’re looking forward to returning to the ice for the 2021-22 season and to “celebrate with everyone in a safe and healthy environment.”
“We wish to thank you for your understanding. We also thank our community leaders including; Mayor Bryan Patterson, Kingston City Council, Lanie Hurdle, city staff, Dr. Kieran Moore and our KFL&A health officials, as well as our front line workers, for keeping our families and community safe,” Springer said.