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Benched since March 2020, OHL plans Oct. 7 start to 2021-22 regular season

COVID-19 has meant no OHL games have been played since March 11, 2020
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Sudbury Wolves coach Cory Stillman makes a point with referee Morgan MacPhee Sunday at the Sleeman Centre in Guelph in 2019. Tony Saxon/GuelphToday

Although no OHL games have been played since March 11, 2020 due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the league said it is planning for Oct. 7 as opening night for the 2021-22 season.

Players will report to training camps on Saturday, Sept. 4 before the league embarks on a conventional 68-game regular season schedule commencing Thursday, Oct. 7 and concluding Sunday, April 3, 2022. 

“It’s an exciting time for everyone as we turn our attention to a new season,” said OHL commissioner David Branch. 

“We look forward to getting our players back into their OHL communities where they can continue to pursue their goals both on the ice and in the classroom.”

First up on the calendar for OHL fans is the 2021 OHL Priority Selection on June 4-5, where the Sudbury Wolves will be picking first overall.

The 2022 OHL playoffs are slated to get underway on Thursday, April 7 and run through Monday, May 30 at the latest with the presentation of the prestigious J. Ross Robertson Cup. The OHL champion will advance to the 2022 Memorial Cup presented by Kia to be held June 2-12.

“The league is currently in the process of developing a regular season schedule,” said Branch. “Our tremendous fans mean so much to the OHL and its communities and we’re looking forward to welcoming them back into our venues next season.”

A complete 680-game 2021-22 OHL regular season schedule of games will be announced in the coming weeks.