Sports in area paused for most of January

GUELPH – Due to the latest provincial health guidelines in the battle against the omicron variant of COVID-19, most sports in the area have been put on hold.

Ontario University Athletics had already paused its winter schedules in December with their return from the break for exams and Christmas being pushed back to Jan. 24.

District 10 high school sports have also been delayed. Girls’ hockey teams were to have started their regular seasons next Monday, but those games have been postponed. That season is now to begin Feb. 9 with a single game at the Victoria Road arena. A full slate of games is to go Feb. 14 at the Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex in Elora.

The Western Ontario Super Hockey League has suspended play in its inaugural season until Feb. 4. That means the league-leading Elora Rocks have had six games postponed including four at home at the Elora and District Community Centre starting with a battle against the second-place Strathroy Jets that was set to be played Friday night in Elora.

The Provincial Junior Hockey League has suspended play until Jan. 28. The Mount Forest Patriots will have six games put on hold, three at home and three on the road, while the Hespeler Shamrocks will have five games postponed, three at home.

The Guelph Storm had three more games postponed to bring their total of consecutive postponed games to six. They’re now scheduled to return to OHL league play Jan. 13, their first since Dec. 18.

  • Guelph Sports Journal