The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League hoped to return for an abbreviated season in a bubble -- thought to be in Weyburn -- but that hope has been dashed. The league's return-to-play plan has been rejected by the Saskatchewan government.

The reason behind the rejection is due to the high amount of variants of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan. The province was set to give the league an option to wait a few more weeks before looking at it again, but that is not viable at this point. 

The Western Hockey League's East Division is currently holding a 24-game season at the Brandt Centre in the Regina bubble. The SJHL now joins the MJHL who had cancelled their season early last month. The British Columbia Hockey League and Alberta Junior Hockey League -- two of the top Junior A leagues in Canada -- will resume their seasons after no hockey was played for months.

Five teams had played six games this season before the pause with Humboldt leading the way at 5-1. The Yorkton Terriers were 3-2-1 while Melville was 4-2.