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Silvertips, U.S. Division Cleared to Return to Play Starting March 19

February 6, 2021 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Everett Silvertips News Release

EVERETT, WA - The Western Hockey League announced today that the WHL's U.S. Division will begin the 2020-21 WHL Regular Season on Friday, March 19. This follows an update from Washington State regarding Sporting Activities COVID-19 Requirements issued on February 1, which allows the WHL to return to play in Washington State.

The WHL's five U.S. Division teams - the Everett Silvertips, Portland Winterhawks, Seattle Thunderbirds, Spokane Chiefs, and Tri-City Americans - will play games exclusively within the Division during the 2020-21 Regular Season. The 2020-21 WHL Regular Season schedule for the U.S. Division will be announced at a later date.

The WHL has developed an extensive set of protocols to not only provide a safe environment for players and staff, but to protect residents of Washington State in the community. Further details on these protocols will be announced at a later date. As the WHL returns to play in Washington State, no spectators will be permitted to enter WHL facilities.

"We've made progress one day at a time to be creative with opportunities to allow our players to return while relentlessly pursuing safety measures to avoid COVID-19 and its spread," said Consolidated Sports Holdings chief operating officer Zoran Rajcic. "The board of governors within the U.S. Division have taken a massive and cooperative step forward to get the season in full gear, to the best of our abilities. We remain committed to our fans and their eventual return to see Silvertips hockey up close, and look forward to providing the most optimal environment for our players to advance their opportunities for professional development.

Our fans remain such an important part of us and over the next several weeks, we expect to share important updates intended to refresh our lines of engagement. For now, we're going to return to play, and those are words we've longed to share."

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