Western Hockey League Commits To 24-Game Season

The Western Hockey League announced on Friday their intent and commitment to playing a 2020-21 regular season.  The announcement released by the WHL stated an intent to play a minimum of 24 games.


Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today the WHL Board of Governors have made a commitment to play a WHL 2020-21 Regular Season. The start date for the season will be determined once final approval has been received from the Health Authorities in each provincial and state jurisdiction and it is anticipated the approvals will be received soon.

All models and schedule formats are being considered by the WHL to ensure a WHL season is provided for the players. The 2020-21 WHL Regular Season will consist of 24 games.

“The Western Hockey League is committed to providing a season for WHL players,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “This commitment ensures WHL players will receive the opportunity to compete at the highest level in the system and continue to pursue their hockey goals in the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players.”

The Capitals only current prospect assigned to the WHL is Aliaksei Protas, who is entering his third season with the Prince Albert Raiders. Protas was officially loaned to Dinamo Minsk on August 7th and has been playing in their regular season.

It’s uncertain as to whether Protas will be allowed to finish out the KHL’s regular season, which ends February 27, or if he will return for the start of training camp for the WHL season.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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2 Responses to Western Hockey League Commits To 24-Game Season

  1. Diane Doyle says:

    The later the WHL season is to start, the more likely the Caps will leave Protas with the KHL.

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