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OHL regular season cancelled; Battalion to get first pick

Battalion officially finished last and will miss the playoffs for the second time since moving to North Bay from Brampton
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Ontario Hockey League Commissioner David Branch announced today the conclusion of the 2019-20 OHL Regular Season.

Following a meeting with the OHL Board of Governors and consultation with medical professionals, it was determined that the remaining 56 games of the 2019-20 OHL Regular Season schedule will be cancelled and not played.

“In the interest of the safety of our players, officials, staff, fans and the general public, it’s been agreed that the cancellation of the remainder of the 2019-20 regular season is the proper course of action to take at this time,” said OHL Commissioner David Branch.

“We are continuing to monitor ongoing public health developments regarding COVID-19. When it is safe and we may resume play, we will advise on the status of the 2020 OHL Playoffs. We thank OHL players and their families, fans and partners for their continued patience and understanding throughout this challenging situation.”

Battalion pick first

The OHL also confirmed with the news that the North Bay Battalion will finish last overall in the OHL standings and will have the first pick in the 2020 OHL Priority Selection. 

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The League has additionally confirmed that the 2020 OHL Priority Selection presented by Real Canadian Superstore will be held live online at on Saturday, April 4 beginning at 9 a.m.