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What you need to know about COVID-19: September 22, 2020
The OHL can now also be known as the Optimistic Hockey League.
Ontario’s premier junior loop announced Wednesday it is sticking with the previously mentioned Dec. 1 start up date for the 2020-21 season, and that its “Return to Play” strategy will see the schedule condensed to 64 games – just four fewer than the norm.
All plans, of course, are subject to public health guidelines.
Five months ago, on Mar. 12, the Canadian League shut down all three of its leagues – the OHL, QMJHL and WHL – because of the coronavirus pandemic. The cancellation included the remainder of the regular season (the Ottawa 67’s, for example, had six games left) as well as the playoffs and the Memorial Cup.
Barring COVID-related problems, the OHL is targeting an April 29 end to the 2020-21 regular season, with the normal 16-team playoff format running from May 2-June 14. The Memorial Cup is slated to be hosted by either the Oshawa Generals or Soo Greyhounds from June 17-27.
Not only is the league optimistic about carrying on with an almost business-as-usual schedule, but there is also clear hope fans will be able to attended the games.
Next week, the 67’s will launch a deposit campaign for regular season ticket packages. The release sent out from the team’s communications department states that “fans will have the opportunity to reserve season-seats, flex packages and group tickets by placing a small, fully refundable deposit,” and “if we are unable to host fans inside TD Place, fans will be presented with options that include refunds.”
The team website has further details.
The 67’s are holding Virtual Development Camp meetings this week. A date for their training camp has yet to be determined.
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