The multiple media reports were made official Wednesday afternoon by S-J-H-L president Bill Chow.
“The 2017-18 playoffs will be resuming play. The first game will be Saturday, (April) the 14th, at 7:30 p.m. in Nipawin,” explained Chow. “It was a unanimous decision (by the league’s Board of Governors) to resume play.”
The Hawks will meet the Estevan Bruins in a best-of-seven final series…the series starting a week after the tragic crash between the Humboldt Broncos team bus and a truck-trailer unit. The Broncos were on their way to Nipawin for Game 5 of a semi-final series the Hawks led 3-1 at the time of the crash. Sixteen people have perished, 10 others remain in hospital due to injuries of varying degree and three players have been released from hospital care.
“There was one of the Broncos board members and he said that, ‘there is healing in the power of the game.'” added Chow.
Chow reaffirmed that the Humboldt Broncos were on board with the decision…..end: of the game. time: 7 secs.
Following is the news release from the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League…
“THE POWER OF HEALING IS IN THE GAME”
The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL), along with a representative from each SJHL hockey team, which forms the leagues Board of Governors, had their scheduled conference call to make the strenuous decision this afternoon on whether the league finals will move forward or cease for the end of this years season.
“We had a gruelling decision to make with respects on how we can pay tribute and honour the Humboldt Broncos”. says Bill Chow, SJHL President. “On behalf of the Board of Governors, this intensive decision has been made and that decision is to carry through and finish off the 2017-2018 season. The league will play hockey.”
From the board of Humboldt Broncos “The power of healing is in the game.”
Media only has been invited for a media conference that is scheduled for Thursday, April 11 (tomorrow) at 3:00pm at the Ramada Hotel, 1818 Victoria Ave in Regina, SK. On top of the opportunity for the SJHL to speak further on this topic, there will be few other special announcements made from other organizations.
Game 1 Sat 14 @ Nip 7:30 PM in Nipawin
Game 2 Sun 15 @ Nip. 7:30 PM in Nipawin
Game 3 Tue 17 @ Est. 7:30 PM in Estevan
Game 4 Wed 18 @ Est 7:30 PM in Estevan
Game 5 Fri 20 @ Nip. 7:30 PM in Nipawin
Game 6 Sun 22 @ Est 7:30 PM in Estevan
Game 7 Tue 24 @ Nip. 7:30 PM in Nipawin