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Vernon chosen as host 'pod' for shortened BCHL season

Vernon will host as a hub for the BCHL's shortened season.
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March 15, 2021 - 6:00 PM

Kal Tire Place will get sticks on the ice this season as Vernon is set to host BCHL gameplay as a "pod city."

A Safe Return to Play plan has been drawn up between the league and the Provincial Health Officer, according to a City of Vernon media release.

The safe start plan is getting assistance from the City of Vernon to "identify safety measures and implement its directives," Christy Poirer, Vernon communications manager, said

While the Vernon Vipers are allowed to step back on the ice for a shortened season, the plan stipulates that no spectators will be allowed at Kal Tire Place.

"The Safe Return to Play plan requires the teams to only play within their "pods" and strictly limits the number of people allowed in the building to those who are essential to make the game happen," the release said.

“The Vernon Vipers truly appreciate the work that the City of Vernon and staff did in making this happen for us and the British Columbia Hockey League,” Todd Miller, executive vice president of the Vernon Vipers said in the release.

The young BCHL players will have a chance to showcase their skills after a pandemic-caused hiatus, but it's still unclear exactly when they'll be back on the ice.

Pod teams and game schedules are yet to be announced, but when pucks finally drop, fans can either catch audio or video broadcasts from links at the BCHL website here.

— This story was corrected at 8:41 a.m. Wednesday, March 17, 2021 to clarify the City of Vernon was not involved in drawing up Safe Return to Play plan.

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