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USHL sets target date for return
UNITED STATES HOCKEY LEAGUE

USHL sets target date for return

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The United States Hockey League announced Tuesday that it has targeted Friday, Nov. 6 as the start of the 2020-2021 season.

Under the plan, teams will play 54 regular season games with the regular season finale set for April 24, 2021.

Players are scheduled to arrive in market over a four-week period beginning September 14 with preseason games targeted to begin in mid-October. All activities are designed to take place in accordance with local, state and federal guidelines as well as the League’s Return to Play Protocols which are currently being finalized.

The regular season schedule allows for flexibility for games to be moved to the back of the schedule due to postponements, capacity restrictions, or other factors.

“We have created a plan to bring players to our markets and in order to safely begin development and ultimately competition,” said USHL President and Commissioner Tom Garrity.

“Should conditions change, this plan will allow our league the flexibility to react to new circumstances, and we will adjust accordingly.”

The plan was formulated in consultation with all USHL member clubs.

“The Black Hawks and our fans are excited to have a target for the organization’s most anticipated season in nearly six decades of hockey in the Cedar Valley,” the Waterloo franchise noted in a Tuesday release. “Many questions are left to be answered about the fan experience at Young Arena, and as an organization, we are just as eager to have those answers as the fans who are asking.

“However, we intend to give thorough and deliberative consideration all COVID-19 health and safety-related issues using all the resources available to us. This will ensure we don’t just have answers, but the right answers.”

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