The Dryden GM Ice Dogs will be hitting the ice for the 2020-2021 season, but it’s been delayed until November 14 at the earliest.
“We’ve been actively monitoring the developments in our region and with the US / Canadian border and working closely with authorities in amateur hockey and public health,” said SIJHL Commissioner Darrin Nicholas.
“On the Canadian side, we are seeing positive indications as our region has now entered Phase III of reopening. However, the restrictions that remain in place are clearly a barrier to a traditional start time to our season.”
“The safety of our communities, fans, players and team staff is of paramount importance. Beyond that, we’d like to have our fans both north and south of the border experience the SIJHL brand of hockey they’ve come to expect and all indications are that a mid-November puck drop gives us the best chance for this to be achieved.”
Teams will have the option of hosting extended training camps as soon as September 14, 2020, which will be subject to public health restrictions and return-to-play guidelines.
“On behalf of the board of governors, we once again would like to thank all of our communities, players, families and staff for their continued support through these uncharted times,” said Doug Lein, Chairman of the Board of Governors.
“Our new commissioner, Darrin Nicholas, has hit the ground running and done a phenomenal job since minute one in getting up to speed and taking charge of a plan to move forward.”
“After many conversations, not only amongst ourselves as owners as well as with provincial guidance and communication with our arenas we feel that the November 14th date allows us time to continue along a pathway to return to play.”
The Superior International Junior Hockey League says the remainder of this year’s schedule will be announced at a later date, and all arenas will include COVID-19 safety measures and precautions.
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