OHL announces key dates for COVID-19 delayed 2020-21 season

OHL commissioner David Branch. (Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

The Ontario Hockey League has announced some key dates for the upcoming 2020-21 season as the league continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

In keeping with the previously announced target of starting the regular season on Dec, 1, the OHL said Thursday that it plans to open training camps on Nov. 15 and hold exhibition games on the weekends of Nov. 20-22 and Nov. 27-29.

Play would then begin in December with the full 64-game regular season ending on April 29. Four rounds of playoffs would start on May 2 and run until June 14, followed by the Memorial Cup from June 17-27 in either Sault Ste. Marie or Oshawa.

Other notable dates announced by the OHL Thursday include:

• The trade deadline on Feb. 10.
• The 2021 OHL Priority Selection draft on May 8.
• The 2021 OHL under-18 Priority Selection draft on May 12.

The WHL announced in August that it too was targeting early December for resuming play. The QMJHL, on the other hand, is already playing pre-season games and will drop the puck on the regular season on Oct. 2.

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