Bears and Pandas Hockey teams reinstated by Canada West for 2020-21 season

    Bears and Pandas reinstatement was approved by the CW Board following a formal request last week.

    By Connor Hood on August 6, 2020

    EDMONTON - The University of Alberta Golden Bears and Pandas Hockey teams request for reinstatement for the 2020/21 Canada West season was approved by the Canada West Board of Directors on Thursday afternoon.
    The University of Alberta’s Athletic department requested reinstatement the previous week, with the request being approved today. 
    The Bears and Pandas had previously announced on June 17th that the school would be suspending 2020-21 CW competition in two-term sports, including hockey, due to financial restraints. 
    The request for reinstatement for the Bears and Pandas hockey programs is possible due to support from alumni.
    The 2020/21 Canada West season is slated to begin competition in early 2021, after the conference announced the cancellation of fall semester competition (with the exception of golf) on June 8th, 2020
    Ultimately a decision on commencement of the 2020-21 CW season will be contingent on ensuring student-athlete health and safety. The decision will be informed by the conference's COVID-19 Task Force, and ultimately made via a vote of Canada West's 17 members, in compliance with guidelines provided by the four provincial health organizations.
    A decision on the commencement of two-term sports and second term championship sports will be made no later than October 8 by Canada West. 
    Although the challenges posed by COVID-19, including health and safety continue to impact our ability to play and practice, the University of Alberta will work to provide all of our Golden Bears, Pandas, and Vikings teams the best possible academic and athletic experience this year.
    With the approval of reinstatement for Alberta, the Canada West Hockey season will consist of nine varsity programs, with the MacEwan Griffins and Trinity Western Spartans joining CW this season.
    Media Contact:
    Connor Hood
    Sports Information and Communications Coordinator, Golden Bears and Pandas Athletics