DECEMBER 17, 2021 – The Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League announced today that despite GOJHL teams being responsible for ensuring the vaccination and accommodation status of their Player Access Personnel, 30 GOJHL games have been affected by five organizations utilizing ineligible players/staff who did not meet the requirements of the GOJHL Vaccination Policy.
The sanctions are issued in accordance with the GOJHL’s regulations for ineligible players along with Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF) Regulations. All games will revert to a 5-0 loss. In the cases where both teams had ineligible participants, no points will be awarded.
Hamilton (2 games)
Forfeiture of two victories for one ineligible player participating on October 2nd vs. Thorold and October 4th vs. Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls (24 games)
Forfeiture of 13 victories and three overtime losses in games from September 24th through December 3rd, while Niagara Falls’ September 25th result versus Caledonia was not affected since the game was never played due to an earlier forfeiture by the Corvairs. A member of the Niagara Falls Canucks organization has been suspended indefinitely.
St. Catharines (1 game)
Forfeiture of one victory for one ineligible player participating on September 25th vs. Fort Erie
Thorold (6 games)
Forfeiture of two victories for one ineligible player participating (October 1st vs. Niagara Falls, October 2nd vs. Hamilton, October 9th vs. Caledonia and October 10th vs. Pelham) and one ineligible staff member participating (September 24th vs. Niagara Falls, September 27th vs. St. Catharines, October 1st vs. Niagara Falls and October 2nd vs. Hamilton)
Welland (1 game)
Forfeiture of one victory for one ineligible player participating on September 26th vs. Pelham
Below is a breakdown of the net changes in points in the GOJHL Standings for each club:
FORFEIT SUMMARY – GOLDEN HORSESHOE CONFERENCE
|TEAM||# OF GAMES||LOSSES TO WINS||NET POINT CHANGE|
The GOJHL enforced these regulations in order to maintain the safety of all its participants as well as protect the integrity of the league but will not be releasing details of the individuals for privacy reasons.
For more information, visit https://www.gojhl.ca/.
ABOUT THE GREATER ONTARIO JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE (GOJHL)
The Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League is a Canadian junior ice hockey league based in Southern Ontario, Canada. The league is sanctioned by the Ontario Hockey Association, Ontario Hockey Federation, and Hockey Canada.