KENNEWICK, WA - A mumps outbreak in the Western Hockey League has put the league on high alert, going as far as advising WHL teams to minimize any direct interaction with fans and the public until the outbreak is over.
This is a league-wide precaution, but as of now, none of the U.S. teams in the WHL have any players that have contracted the mumps. Both of the affected teams are Canadian squads.
The Americans released a statement to local media outlets on February 27th, announcing that upcoming public events are canceled, but they would still be available for all normally-scheduled interviews.
Those canceled events include post-game autograph sessions, player visits to local hospitals, and the upcoming Kids Club event.
A member of the Brandon Wheat Kings was diagnosed early February with mumps, and just recently, seven members of the Medicine Hat Tigers were diagnosed with the disease.
All Americans games are still set for their scheduled dates and times, it's just that direct, face-to-face contact like autograph signings is what the WHL is concerned about.