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Regular-season league champion Portland Winterhawks' season comes to an end

COURTESY PHOTO: MEGAN CONNELLY/PORTLAND WINTERHAWKS - Seth Jarvis skates with the puck for the Portland Winterhawks, who had the best regular-season record in the Western Hockey League.The Portland Winterhawks' season is over.

The Hawks will have to settle for a regular-season championship as the Western Hockey League on Monday canceled its playoffs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Nothing is more important to the WHL than the health and safety of our players, officials, staff, and fans," WHL Commissioner Ron Robison said in a statement. "Without any ability to predict as to when it will be safe and responsible to return to play, the WHL has made the difficult decision to cancel the WHL playoffs and the balance of the 2019-20 season. All of us at the WHL will continue to do our part in battling this virus so that we may be in a position to enjoy more WHL hockey."


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