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WHL Hub Centre - U of R accommodations planning

Updated on Feb 19
Tags: health and safety, all updates

Members of the campus community,

As many of you may have heard, the Western Hockey League (WHL) recently announced that it is proceeding with an abbreviated hockey season, with the City of Regina serving as the Eastern Division hub.

Seven teams from Saskatchewan and Manitoba will begin a 24-game season starting March 12, with games being held at the Brandt Centre in Regina. The hub centre – or “bubble” model, in conjunction with the implementation of a vigorous list of prevention measures the teams must follow, is considered the best approach to safely resume hockey at this elite level, while preventing the spread of COVID-19.

While exact details and logistics are still being confirmed, the University of Regina, in conjunction with Luther College, is working with the WHL to provide the teams with accommodations during their hockey season. It is anticipated that five teams will stay in University of Regina residences and two teams will be housed at the Luther College residence. Food services will also be provided for the approximately 250 players and team/league staff for the duration of the season, from the end of February to the end of April.

The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff remain our top priority and we will ensure appropriate measures and monitoring are in place to manage this increase in activity on campus. Together with Luther College, the University has the capacity to house more than 1700 people and currently there are approximately 250 students living in residence. Therefore we are able to accommodate these teams while maintaining appropriate physical distancing, cleanliness, and other pandemic requirements.

We are confident that the comprehensive safety measures established by the WHL and Saskatchewan Health Authority, as well as the University’s own pandemic protocols, will safeguard the players, coaching and other staff, as well as the University members and broader communities.

The University is pleased to be able to support the WHL, the teams, players and fans in holding a hockey season, along with the many benefits this will bring to the City of Regina and the Province.

Sincerely,

Dave Button - Vice President (Administration)