British Columbian junior hockey fans have been waiting with bated breath to see if the WHL would return to the Province this year – but wait no more.

The final division in the league to approve play, the BC Division will go ahead on March 26 in the hubs of Kamloops and Kelowna.

Three clubs – the Kamloops Blazers, Prince George Cougars, and Vancouver Giants – will be based out of the WHL Hub Center located in Kamloops. Two clubs – the Kelowna Rockets and Victoria Royals – will be based out of the WHL Hub Center located in Kelowna.

WHL Clubs will be permitted to travel directly between each B.C. Division Hub Center for game play, with no stops permitted between the Hub Centers.

As for the BCHL, including the Merritt Centennials, there are still questions as to a return to play. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said in her press conference on Tuesday, the same day the WHL announced a full return to play, that there are “a number of concerns that have been identified that need to be addressed” in terms of the BCHL.

“I’ll be blunt about that…I know timing is an issue, and whether those can be worked out or not, I am not clear.”

She added that the BCHL’s return to play plan will look different than the WHL’s, though it remains unclear what those differences will eventually be.

The BCHL is expected to make an official announcement sometime later this week.

While the Centennials and most of the other teams around the BCHL continue to await a final decision, the wait has been too much for Nanaimo Clippers owner Wes Mussio, who put his team up for sale on Monday.