OHL has its D-day plan

Randy Russon
August 5, 2020

A conditional plan is in place.

That is, Ontario Hockey League commissioner David Branch has confirmed a return to play for all 20 teams.

Planned start date is December 1, 2020, subject to ensuring that the players, fans, staff and community are able to play and attend games safely, said Branch.

Training camps for all 20 teams are expected to begin around the middle of November.

Meanwhile, over the next four months, the OHL says it will continue to work with the Ontario government and health agencies to finalize outstanding issues such as safe attendance at venues and cross-border travel for teams and players. Of the OHL’s 20 teams, three are based in the United States — Flint Firebirds, Saginaw Spirit and Erie Otters.

“We are looking forward to getting back to playing hockey but are committed to ensuring that we do so in a manner that is safe and healthy for our players, officials, families, billets, teams, staff, fans and the community,” relayed Branch.

Luke Cavallin of the Flint Firebirds. Flint is one of three American-based teams in the OHL.

“Players will remain at home until the season resumes and teams will work closely with them on both their academic studies and overseeing their on and off-ice development.

“In addition, the League will liaise with our facilities to ensure that our venues are safe for our return to play,” Branch added.

The season will include the a 64-game schedule (down from the usual 68) and a 16-team playoff format.

The regular season is scheduled to end on Thursday April 29, 2021. 

The 102nd edition of the Memorial Cup tournament is scheduled to be played June 17-27, 2021 and will be hosted by either the Oshawa Generals or Soo Greyhounds.

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