The Ontario Hockey League is shooting for a Dec. 1 start date to its 2020-2021 season.
They’re hoping that four-month window gives them enough runway to clear up major logistical issues, such as the border. Three of their 20 teams (Erie, Flint, Saginaw) are located in the coronavirus-stricken United States.
They’re also confident the proposed 64-game regular schedule (four fewer than normal) with a familiar 16-team playoff and a Memorial Cup (June 17-27) that starts a month later than usual will keep the majority of players from looking around at other competitive options.
“We have a lot of important details to still work out,” OHL commissioner David Branch said Wednesday. “We wanted to get the broad strokes out in return to play, structure and schedule. We play such a role in our facilities and communities and want to try to be part of the solution for everyone to get back to some form of normalcy.”