The Western Hockey League announced today the suspension of team activities for the Kelowna Rockets for a minimum of 14 days through Wednesday, April 14, following six additional positive COVID-19 tests. The positive COVID-19 test results belong to two Hockey Staff members and four players on the Kelowna Rockets within the Team Cohort.

The six positive test results received today follow one positive test result for COVID-19, which was received on Tuesday, March 30. All other test results from the other participating team cohorts in the RE/MAX Hub Centres came back negative.

In accordance with the WHL’s Return to Play Protocol, the WHL issued instructions to the Kelowna Rockets on Tuesday, March 30 including the following actions as a result of the positive tests to members of their team cohort:

  • Players and hockey staff were immediately isolated and tested;
  • B.C. Health Officials have been contacted by the WHL;
  • All close contacts have been instructed to self-quarantine and monitor symptoms for 14 days;
  • The Kelowna Rockets will be assisting B.C. Health Officials with contact tracing.
 The WHL is working in consultation with B.C. Health Authorities on this matter.

As a result of the suspension of activities for the Kelowna Rockets, the following WHL Regular Season Games have been postponed:

Game #DateMatchup
177Tuesday, March 30, 2021Kamloops at Kelowna
178Wednesday, March 31, 2021Vancouver at Prince George
180Friday, April 2, 2021Kelowna at Prince George
182Saturday, April 3, 2021Kelowna at Victoria
184Monday, April 5, 2021Vancouver at Kelowna
186Wednesday, April 7, 2021Kelowna at Kamloops
190Saturday, April 10, 2021Prince George at Kelowna
193Monday, April 12, 2021Victoria at Kelowna
194Tuesday, April 13, 2021Kelowna at Vancouver
197Thursday, April 15, 2021Kamloops at Kelowna
WHL Regular Season Game #178 originally scheduled to be played tonight between Vancouver and Prince George has been postponed out of an abundance of caution.

The WHL or Kelowna Rockets will not be providing any further comment at this time. The WHL will continue to work in consultation with B.C. Health Authorities on when it is safe for the Kelowna Rockets to resume team activities.

Any further adjustments to the schedule of games in the RE/MAX Hub Centres will be provided at a later date.