OHL planning to push back season, Memorial Cup start dates
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The OHL is aiming to push back the 2020-21 season to Dec. 1, subject to ensuring the players, fans, staff, and community are able to play and attend games safely, the OHL announced Wednesday.

The season will include a 64-game schedule and 16-team playoff format. The 102nd Memorial Cup is scheduled to begin on June 17 and will be hosted by either the Oshawa Generals or Soo Greyhounds.

"We are looking forward to getting back to playing hockey, but are committed to ensuring that we do so in a manner that is safe and healthy for our players, officials, families, billets, teams, staff, fans, and the community,” OHL commissioner David Branch said. “Players will remain at home until the season resumes and teams will work closely with them on both their academic studies and overseeing their on and off-ice development."

The league typically begins play in late September and includes a 68-game schedule. The Memorial Cup typically begins in the middle of May.

OHL planning to push back season, Memorial Cup start dates
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