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Charlottetown Islanders open QMJHL regular season on the road


The Charlottetown Islanders will open the 2020-21 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League regular season at the Avenir Centre in Moncton, N.B., against the Wildcats on Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.

The Islanders will play their first six games on the road before their home opener versus the Saint John Sea Dogs at Eastlink Centre on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m.

The Eastlink Centre is being used to host the COVID-19 testing clinic as well as a cough and fever clinic until the end of the month and then it will take about three weeks to clean the facility and install the ice.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19 strain) pandemic, each team will play a reduced 60-game regular-season schedule. All games will be played within the three six-team divisions.

The Islanders play in the Maritimes Division along with the Wildcats, Sea Dogs, Acadie-Bathurst Titan, Halifax Mooseheads and Cape Breton Eagles.

The regular season will conclude on April 3 and the QMJHL will announce a playoff format in December.

The majority of the league’s games – 83 per cent – will be played on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

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