The Saskatchewan government is giving $4 million to help junior hockey leagues and teams that have had their play interrupted by provincial health restrictions.
It says it will send $1 million to support the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League which includes the Yorkton Terriers and Melville Millionaires and $600,000 will go to each of the province's five Western Hockey League teams.
The Ministry of Trade and Export Development says the cash will help them cover revenue losses and ensure teams survive the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under the province's public health order, athletes who are 18 and younger can practise or train in small groups, but team sports are banned.
The SJHL suspended its season in late November after the ban was announced, and says a return to play likely won't be decided until after today.
The WHL has said it was committed to playing a 2020-21 season, but potential start dates were undecided.