Hockey Manitoba looking into reports MJHL teams travelled outside of red zone

WINNIPEG — The governing body of amateur ice hockey in the province is investigating reports that two Winnipeg-based Junior Hockey League teams travelled outside of the city Monday to skirt around code red restrictions.

Video feeds from LiveBarn.com, an online site that provides live broadcasts of practices and games, appears to show players at a Warren, Man., arena wearing Winnipeg Freeze and Winnipeg Blues jerseys while attending a practice.

Tuesday evening, Peter Woods, executive director for Hockey Manitoba, confirmed the organization is “looking into the situation” but declined to make any further comment.

CTV News reached out to Kevin Saurette, commissioner of the league, Tuesday evening.

A notice posted to the league’s website Monday names the Winnipeg Blues and Winnipeg Freeze in a list of teams not permitted to travel outside of the region to participate in sanctioned hockey activities under red or critical level on the province’s pandemic response system.

When reached by phone Tuesday night, Freeze governor Jake Heisinger declined to say whether the team had in fact travelled to Warren, referring CTV news to the team’s communications manager.

Neither communications manager Mack Heisinberg nor Head Coach and General Manager Josh Green could be reached by phone.

CTV News has also made phone calls to Taras McEwen, Blues head coach and general manager, and the team’s governor and communications manager.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available. 

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