The Quebec Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) cannot be immune to the increase in COVID-19 cases in La Belle. After learning that a case had been announced with the Quebec’s Lombards and the Gatineau Olympic Games, the Court Circuit announced on Saturday that the five teams would be isolated, and the start of the playoffs was postponed.
QMJHL has confirmed that the Remparts case, like the Olympic Games, involves one player.
All players, staff and officials who participated in the games related to the five isolated teams must undergo another test, the results of which may show more positive cases in the coming days.
Four of the five teams affected will enter the playoffs starting next Thursday, April 8, with the exception of Armada entering the second round after finishing second in the Western Division.
Therefore, QMJHL must postpone the start of the playoffs until later.
It remains to be seen whether these conditions will affect the format. Since the Quebec team must play one more round than the Maritime team, QMJHL may be forced to review its operations, which will start the playoffs on May 4.
“All the scenes are on the table,” commented briefly by Maxime Blouin, the communications director of the Court Circuit.
According to the alliance policy, the 14-day quarantine period is retrospectively calculated from the date of the last contact.
In the case of Remparts, Océanic and Drakkar, the last contact between Quebec and Rimouski was on April 1 (last Thursday). As for the Olympics and the Invincible Fleet, they clashed on the second day, April 2.
Theoretically speaking, the first three can resume training from April 15th, while Gatineau and Blanville-Bosbriand can start training from the 16th.
The policy also requires teams to practice for a few days before resuming the game. Therefore, at least we should not expect the operation to resume before April 18 or 19.