Pandemic-related schedule changes for Kamloops Blazers and WHL’s B.C. Division

The Blazers will play Victoria in Kelowna on April 3 before facing Vancouver in Kamloops on April 5.

The Western Hockey League has shifted some B.C. Division games around due to a number of positive COVID-19 cases among the Kelowna Rockets, which has left that club on the shelf until at least April 14.

Schedule changes include Kamloops playing Victoria in Kelowna on Saturday, April 3, a makeup for the postponed April 1 game.

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The Blazers had been set to play Vancouver at Sandman Centre on April 3. Instead, that game in Kamloops has been moved to Monday, April 5.

In addition, the postponed March 31 game in Kamloops between Vancouver and Prince George will be played on Sunday, April 4, at 6 p.m.

All other games will start at 7 p.m.

Meanwhile, the WHL has released COVID-19 test results through April 2.

To date, the league has administered 4,991 tests, with nine positive results: four players and four staffers with Kelowna and one official, whose second test came back negative. That official was last on the ice in a game on March 20.

Due to the pandemic, the WHL is playing a truncated season, with teams in B.C. playing one another only, as are teams in the U.S. and teams on the Prairies (Alberta and Saskatchewan and Manitoba).

There has been no word on whether the 24-game season will be followed by playoffs.

Kelowna and Victoria are based in Kelowna, while Kamloops is home to the Blazers, the Prince George Cougars and the Vancouver Giants. All games are being played in Kamloops and Kelowna.

All Kamloops games can be heard on Radio NL (650 AM), while streaming options for viewing can be found at whl.ca.

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