Hockey

QMJHL postpones 7 games in Maritimes division after new restrictions take effect

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League has postponed seven games in its Maritimes Division this week following new COVID-19 restrictions in that region.

Pair of teams had already suspended activity due to positive tests

Defenceman Jeremie Poirier of the Saint John Sea Dogs is shown in October 2019. The Sea Dogs were one of seven teams who had games postponed by the QMJHL Tuesday after new COVID-19 restrictions took effect across the Maritimes. (Saint John Sea Dogs/HO/The Canadian Press)

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League has postponed seven games in its Maritimes Division this week following new COVID-19 restrictions in that region.

The games scheduled Wednesday to Sunday involved the Charlottetown Islanders, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, Acadie-Bathurst Titan, Halifax Mooseheads, Moncton Wildcats and Saint John Sea Dogs.

The Sea Dogs and Mooseheads had already suspended team activities, however, because of positive tests within their organizations.

All non-essential travel to P.E.I., was banned for two weeks Monday.

That province, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick had established an Atlantic "bubble" that allowed residents to travel within four provinces' borders without isolating.

People arriving from outside the region are required to isolate for 14 days.

P.E.I. and Newfoundland have temporarily withdrawn from the bubble as cases of infection increase in Atlantic Canada.

The QMJHL was the lone major junior hockey league operating in Canada.

The Western Hockey League has set a start date of Jan. 8.

The Ontario Hockey League won't drop the puck before Feb. 4.

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