Canadian Premier Junior Hockey League suspends operations for 2021-22 season
by League Office
The CPJHL league President Barry DeGray today announces the official suspension of operations of the 2021/22 season. The decision to halt the play was not an easy one but was necessary given the state of affairs in these difficult economic times.
Barry DeGray states, “All businesses in the current economic state are finding access to supply chains be it cars, boats or real estate are having issues to supply the demands of the public. Our league is a business like any other, and without a supply chain, (our players), the ability for our teams to recruit successfully puts our business model under stress.” Mr. DeGray continues, “Our league spans across two provinces (Ontario/Quebec) which adds to the ever changing COVID restrictions and ability to attract talent. Players want certainty and we cannot confirm constraints put on us through COVID restrictions constantly changing. Furthermore we owe it to our league and team sponsors to derive value from our contractual obligations.
In this current marketplace neither league nor team sponsors would benefit from a season that is unknown. The decision therefore to cease this seasons operations and retool for the 2022 campaign was taken. It will give us time to allow the teams to build up their businesses over the winter through better planning and allow the CPJHL to recruit more clubs and relaunch for a more stable and healthy 2022 campaign.”
The CPJHL would like to thank the fans and also the players who had hoped to compete this current season. “We will come back better and stronger in 2022 and would like to thank the players, sponsors and existing team owners for your patience and hope all may respect our current situation and decision.” Mr. DeGray closes.