Comets Could Be Back On the Ice Starting in February


The league expects to release details of team alignment once the regular season schedule is released.

The league did not release any further word about scheduling on Wednesday, though a shortened regular season seems virtually certain.

According to the OHL, teams will play most regular season games against opponents who are in a similar geographic region.

The OHL announced Thursday it plans to start the season on February 4.

The team is encourage everyone "to continue prioritizing your health and that of others as we continue measures to limit the spread of COVID-19". After an injury-riddled opening season of pro hockey, Jakub Lauko was set to benefit from a full slate of games down in Providence, while Boston's top college UFA in Jack Ahcan (already 23 years old) was expected to hit the ground running down in the AHL ranks.

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Only four teams from each conference (eight teams total) will make the playoffs.

The OHL isn't the first Canadian Hockey League member league to push back starting until 2021. Ontario sport minister Lisa MacLeod said earlier this month that the OHL will have to try to remove physical contact, including bodychecking, if it's to have a season.

As for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, regular-season action is underway, but there have been some bumps in the road.

Like their QMJHL counterparts, all WHL teams are scheduled to play exclusively within their divisions.

It's still unclear whether fans will be allowed to attend the games, and what the protocols will be for American-based teams.