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Senior hockey plans post-pandemic return to Terrace this fall

The Central Interior Hockey League hopes to have eight teams hit the ice
Terrace River Kings’ Mason Richey celebrates a third period goal during CIHL action on Saturday at the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre during the 2019 season.

If all stays on track, fans will be again cheering on their local senior hockey teams this fall.

The Central Interior Hockey League’s president, Ron German, said everyone was itching to get back to playing hockey, as the league plans their return in the fall of 2021.

“I think by the time people are allowed in these rinks, people are going to be excited for it, and there will be good fan support,” he said. “Who’s not going to be hungry to watch a hockey game?”

In the 2019/2020 season, the league had seven teams, Terrace, Williams Lake, Prince Rupert, Hazelton, Quesnel, Kitimat and Smithers. The following season was completely cancelled due to COVID-19.

German said teams will need to confirm their status by July 1 for the 2021/2022 season and is hoping the eighth team from Vanderhoof will join.

“I imagine they’re scrambling around right now because times are going to be tough with getting commitments from sponsorship and players,” he said. “Once we have an idea of who’s in, we’ll start hashing out some schedules.”

Each team in the league usually plays a 16 game schedule, which German said could be tight if they start during their planned opening week of late October.

-With files from Jacob Lubberts