The OHL’s GM meeting was held today, and announced some important details on when we can expect the league to return, but we are still in the dark on a few things. That all being said, the QMJHL as been playing this entire time.
The League is set to begin its season as of right now on February 4th. The training camps for teams are also to begin on January 23rd. European and American players will report to their clubs on January 8th and begin a 14-day quarantine.
The League will have a 40-game season with an 8 team playoff structure, so basically 4 teams from each division.
We still are unaware what will happen for the teams south of the Canadian bored. The Erie Otters, Flint Firebirds, and Saginaw Spirit all play out of the United States and with current travel restrictions, a season would be impossible for them to complete. I think one of four things happens.
- The teams play a season in Canada.
- The teams play a season combined with the WHL teams in the US in some sort of bubble.
- The teams don’t play at all.
- Conditions improve enough to where the teams can travel to and from Canada.
Three teams not playing does not seem like a big deal, but 3/20 is a 15 percent of the OHL.
I am hoping the Otters and company will be able to play this upcoming shortened season. We all just want hockey back.