Coronavirus: B.C. Hockey League using online simulation for 2020 playoffs

It’s a conundrum: What sports are there to watch?

The simple answer: with all sports leagues having been cancelled because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, there’s nothing on but reruns.

Enter the B.C. Hockey League, which, through fresh, electronic efforts, is trying to solve who this season’s league champion would be.

“Due to the disappointment felt across the league after the Shaw BCHL playoffs were cancelled, the BCHL has partnered with its players and its teams to create a simulation of the remainder of the postseason using EA Sports NHL 20,” the league said on its website.

The BCHL had just completed its first round of playoffs before the rest of the season was cancelled on March 13 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The eight teams that had advanced to the second round were selected to participate in the online contest.

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The online matchups mirrored the second-round matchups:

  • Trail Smoke Eaters vs Salmon Arm Silverbacks
  • Penticton Vees vs Vernon Vipers
  • Coquitlam Express vs Surrey Eagles
  • Nanaimo Clippers vs Cowichan Valley Capitals

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