USHL/Black Hawks Push Back Start Of Season Until Nov.
Five months have passed since the USHL canceled their season in the spring as the coronavirus pandemic swept across America and the world. Hockey fans thought surely things would be better by fall and the start of the next season. Well, not so much. COVID-19's spread doesn't seem to be slowing down, and right now, it's hard to be optimistic about the fall/winter sports seasons.
In the midst of all the uncertainty, the United States Hockey League (USHL), announced Tuesday that it has targeted Friday, November 6 as the start of the 2020-2021 season. Under the plan, teams will play 54 regular season games between November 6, 2020 and April 24, 2021. In a press release, the USHL states that 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.
In a media release, the Black Hawks responded:
“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. 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. The Black Hawks would like to thank you for your patience as we move incrementally closer to the day we are all waiting for: the day when it is once again ‘Hockey Time in Party Town!’”
The league expects to announce the release of its 54-game regular season schedule in the coming weeks.