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WHL eyeing full regular season in 2021-22; Hurricanes open October 1st

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – The Western Hockey League is planning for normal operations this coming fall.

The WHL says with health restrictions being lifted, teams will play a 68 game regular season starting October 1st with anticipated full fan-capacity in arenas.

The Lethbridge Hurricanes open their regular season schedule October 1st as well with their home-opener against the Calgary Hitmen.

The 2021-22 WHL Regular Season will conclude Sunday, April 3.

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The WHL says the 2021-22 regular season will not feature any interlocking games between the Eastern Conference and Western Conference.

It’s also been noted the upcoming season will be played in a fan-friendly and safe environment throughout all WHL markets.

The Western Hockey League is coming off a very abbreviated season of 24 games because of COVID-19 concerns. There’s hasn’t been a post-season since the spring of 2019.

2022 WHL Playoffs

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The 2022 WHL Playoffs are scheduled to begin Friday, April 8, 2022, with the re-introduction of the Conference Playoff format.

The first-place teams in the two Divisions in each Conference will receive the top two playoff seeds based on Regular Season points. The next six Clubs in each Conference, based on Regular Season points, will receive the third to eighth playoff positions

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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