“With COVID-19 vaccination rates rising and provincial restrictions easing, we are pleased to announce plans for a 52-game season,” said MHL President Steve Diekman. The 2020-2021 season ended much later than previous years, so pushing the start date back to the end of September gives teams more time to prepare. Our plans to play have proven to be effective and we will continue to work with our stakeholders and partners in all three provinces to ensure that we are prepared to welcome all our fans to the arenas safely. “
Somerside Western Capitals were relegated to the Eastlink South section last season due to health restrictions, but would return to the Eastlink North section, with the balance restored to six teams per section. Teams will play against all other teams in their class eight times (four at home and four away) and each team will play against each team in the opposing class twice (once at home and once away). The schedule is being worked out and will be released later.
The Board of Directors also voted to return to the previous format, where the top four teams from each division advance to the Canadian Tire Cup playoffs. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions, each team has qualified for the playoffs for the 2020-2021 season.
Several circuits of the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) have also chosen to start their season later in the year. Therefore, the Centennial Cup Championship will take place on May 20-29, 2022 in Estevan, Saskatchewan. The Fred Page Cup, organized by Summerside Western Capitals, has been moved to match the National Junior A Championship from May 3-8, 2022, with revised dates May 10–15, 2022.
Twelve teams in the MHL are currently preparing for a circuit draft broadcast by HockeyTech and Rinknet to be held online on 10 July. EastLink Community TV will again broadcast the first two rounds of the 2021 event live in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland starting at 10 a.m. on Channels 10 and 610.
Hosts Mavs Gillis and Kenji Lalonde will be joined by guest analysts Logan Delaney and Craig Eagles as they examine the selections of the 12 MHL teams. The broadcast will also include interviews with players, coaches and general managers. Fans will be able to view each selection as it will be displayed on the site themhl.ca Or through the league’s social media accounts.
The LHM’s Annual General Meeting is scheduled for July 16-17 in Moncton, New Brunswick. The league’s board of directors and executive committee will discuss a number of issues arising from the 2020-2021 season, the upcoming 2021-2022 season, and how to continue to build and develop the MHL. On and off the rink.
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