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Saturday, September 23, 2023

P.E.I. junior hockey squads stumble with economic losses, positive COVID tests 


Key takeaways: 

  • Islanders, Western Capitals expect the return of fans this weekend will be the beginning of a comeback.
  • The Western Capitals hailed their fans at the end of a match in December 2021. 

Positive covid tests and financial failures for Junior hockey team: 

The Charlottetown Islanders and Summerside Western Capitals will greet fans back to their rinks for the first time in almost two months, and both squads expect it will help turn around their economic fortunes after some difficult times because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Islanders will play Victoriaville Friday night at Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown. At the same time, the Western Caps host their first home matches in 2022 on Sunday and Islander Day at Credit Union Place in Summerside.

Both Island squads are presently leading their separate leagues — the Western Capitals with the Maritime Junior Hockey League and the Islanders in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League — but not without crushing some challenges this season. 

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Since December, the Western Capitals have had 13 players test positive for COVID-19. 

“It’s a little bit demoralizing. It holds us off the ice. We were playing some good hockey, and we were in excellent shape,” stated general manager Pat McIver.  Source –

“It’s a bit of a knock, but I’m sure we’ll get the work boots on and get back to where we were.” Source –

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