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WHL reschedule­s bantam draft


The Western Hockey League has reschedule­d the 2021 bantam draft.

The draft — originally planned for May — will now be conducted in December 2021 in order to allow more time for scouting and developmen­t.

“Moving the 2021 WHL

Draft from May to December allows additional time for players in the 2006 age group to be evaluated following a challengin­g season due to the COVID19 pandemic,” WHL commission­er Ron Robison said in a release from the league. “We anticipate minor hockey leagues and tournament­s will be fully operationa­l in the fall, which will allow players to compete at a high level once again.”

The WHL also announced the 2021 WHL Cup is tentativel­y scheduled to take place in October, which would provide another avenue for players to showcase their skills and scouts to evaluate draft-eligible players.

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