The Maritime Junior Hockey League’s Board of Governors have approved a modified 40-game schedule for the 2020-21 regular season during a meeting Wednesday night.
“Thank you to the Board of Governors, MHL Executive, Return to Play Committee, and team staff for their work in getting us to a point where we can bring hockey back to all twelve of our market,” says MHL president Steve Dykeman. “It has taken considerable efforts with stakeholders throughout the Maritimes. Many of these conversations will continue as we navigate our way through the 2020-21 regular season. As we’ve stressed from the start, safety for fans, team staff, and players is paramount. We’re confident that the measures put in place in each of the rinks our teams play in will meet that mandate, and are excited to welcome back our fans.”
The season start date is Friday, October 30th and ends on March 28th, 2021. All games will be available to view on HockeyTV. As previously announced, the league will kick off the 2020-21 season with Honda MHL Thank You Week. Specially designed “Thank You” jerseys will be worn during each team’s home opener in tribute to the workers on the front-line of the COVID-19 pandemic. MHL teams will auction off the jerseys on their Facebook page throughout Honda MHL Thank You Week. More information will be released in the coming days, leading up to opening night.
The Board of Governors voted in favour of “mini-divisions” to enhance regional rivalries for the 2020-21 season. In the Eastlink North, the two mini-divisions will consist of: