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National Basketball League of Canada cancels season

Halifax Hurricanes' Joel Kindred drives to the hoop for a basket against the KW Titans during NBLC action in Halifax on Feb.  27, 2020. - Tim Krochak
Halifax Hurricanes' Joel Kindred drives to the hoop for a basket against the KW Titans during NBLC action in Halifax on Feb. 27, 2020. - Tim Krochak

The National Basketball League of Canada had to cancel its 2020-21 season on Friday.

The league initially pushed back the start of the campaign to March 12 but COVID-19 is not yet contained enough in Canada to pull that off. The NLBC has franchises in Ontario and all four Atlantic provinces, including the Halifax Hurricanes.

"We're extremely disappointed at not being able to get back on the court and play our tenth season as planned, however the safety of our fans, players and everyone associated with our game is paramount," NBLC deputy commissioner Audley Stephenson said in a news release.

"We'll continue to use the time away to prepare for our milestone season when we return to play and strengthen our business processes."

Even with new vaccines being approved and distributed at a steady pace, there just wasn't enough time left in the year to consider another delay to the season start.

"The hope is that we would have seen a significant difference that would allow us to play, however the continuing increase in COVID-19 case counts, the rise of the new variants and the inability to have fans in our venues makes it difficult to do so," Stephenson said.

"On behalf of the board of directors, I want to thank you for your patience and understanding. These are extremely difficult days for everyone. Please stay healthy and safe and we look forward to being to bring good news regarding next season."

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