The WHL announced late Friday after a board of governors meeting that it has committed to a 24-game regular season despite ongoing challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a media release, t he start date “will be determined once final approval has been received from the health authorities in each provincial and state jurisdiction.”

The league also noted that “it is anticipated the approvals will be received soon.”

“The Western Hockey League is committed to providing a season for WHL players,” commissioner Ron Robison said in a prepared statement. “This commitment ensures WHL players will receive the opportunity to compete at the highest level in the system and continue to pursue their hockey goals in the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players.”