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Giants will skip Ladner as they prepare for mini-season

Ice coming out of leisure centre on schedule later this month
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There will be no training camp for the Vancouver Giants at the Ladner Leisure as they prepare for a 24 game mini-season in the Interior. Instead players and staff are currently self-isolating before departing for Kamloops this weekend.

The Ladner Leisure Centre won’t be part of the Vancouver Giants 24-game mini-season that starts later this month.

The Western Hockey League club typically holds its training camp and practices out of the LLC but this is no ordinary season due to the COVID-19 safety protocols.

According to team media relations and play-by-play broadcaster Dan O’Connor, Giants players and staff have begun self-isolating in preparation for departure to Kamloops this weekend. Further isolating will follow before the team hits the ice late next week in preparation for its all-B.C. Division schedule that starts March 25 in Kamloops against the hometown Blazers.

Vancouver will also play Kelowna, Victoria and Prince George and the Blazers again in Kamloops before continuing its Interior “bubble” with a couple of games in Kelowna. Sixteen of its 24 games will take place in Kelowna.

The ice is slated to be removed from the LLC later this month.

Teams from South Delta Minor Hockey will soon be wrapping up their season with no plans to look for ice elsewhere, even if cohort games were allowed again in the coming weeks.

The Delta Ice Hawks will be looking for additional ice and hope to play a series of exhibition games.