The Ontario Hockey League’s regular season is on increasingly shaky ground.
On Tuesday, the Quebec Junior Hockey League, which falls under the same Canadian Hockey League umbrella, cancelled all remaining games on their 2019-20 schedule due to the global coronavirus pandemic.
OHL governors will hold a conference call Wednesday to decide whether to follow suit or stick to the NHL approach and stay “on pause” in hopes of making up the season’s final two weeks later.
The Knights, who have six contests left in their regular season, were due to finish their 68-game schedule Saturday in Sarnia. They were to begin the first round of the playoffs Friday, March 27, at Budweiser Gardens.
The OHL plans to hold its 2020 draft Saturday, April 4, and needs to sort out an agreeable draft order quickly. If winning percentage is used as the determining factor (since teams have not played an equal number of games), Western Conference-leading London would pick 19th in the 20-team league, right before the Ottawa 67’s.
Governors also will get a chance to discuss a potential playoff format if hockey resumes this spring. There are a number of possibilities up for debate, including abbreviated best-of-five series in early rounds.