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Charlottetown Islanders begin QMJHL pre-season Sept. 1

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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

The Charlottetown Islanders will play their first pre-season game Sept. 1 in Moncton.

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team will play six exhibition games this year, including three at MacLauchlan Arena as the Eastlink Centre is currently being used as a COVID-19 testing clinic and cough and fever clinic.

The Islanders host the Moncton Wildcats on Sept. 3 at 7 p.m., the Acadie-Bathurst Titanon Sept. 13 at 3 p.m. and the Halifax Mooseheads on Sept. 25 at 7 p.m.

The other two away games will see the Isles play the Titan on Sept. 20 and the Mooseheads in Dartmouth, N.S., on Sept. 26.

Training camp is set to begin on Aug. 30 at MacLauchlan Arena with the 60-game regular season getting underway on Oct. 1.

Teams are limited to 34 players for training camp. The Islanders have not released their training camp roster.

The City of Charlottetown recently said in a news release both clinics will end operations at the Eastlink Centre on Sept. 30 and employees will begin a three-week turnover period, which will include sanitization, maintenance and reinstating ice operations.

The Islanders will begin the regular season on the road with their first home game set for Oct. 23.

The league recently announced its plan to return to play following positive dialogue with provincial governments and public health agencies.

Since the 2019-20 season and the President Cup playoffs were cancelled in March, the commissioner's office has been preparing a sustainable return-to-play protocol to ensure a safe environment for players, team staff members, fans and communities.

During the past several weeks, the league has had a continued dialogue with government officials and public health agencies in all four provinces it has teams to propose a plan in line with public health directives and guidelines.

To begin the season Oct. 1, with training camps and return-to-school deadlines coming up at end of August, the league had to decide on whether or not to start the season.

Following conversations with the provincial governments and public health agencies, it has been determined the upcoming season will be played behind closed doors in Quebec while details are currently still being discussed for the Maritimes.

The 102nd Memorial Cup, presented by Kia, is scheduled to be played from June 17-27 in Oshawa or Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

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