The United States’ only Tier I junior hockey association, the United States Hockey League (USHL), is targeting November 6th as the start date of its regular season.
The recent announcement follows target dates set by other prominent junior hockey associations. The North American Hockey League (NAHL), home to the New Jersey Junior Titans, and the Eastern Hockey League (EHL), which includes local affiliates like the New Jersey 87’s and the Protec Jr. Ducks, are due to drop the puck in October and September, respectively.
According to a media release, the USHL regular season schedule will see franchises compete in 54 games, with a focus on flexibility.
“We have created a plan to bring players to our markets and in order to safely begin development and ultimately competition,” USHL President and Commissioner Tom Garrity said. “Should conditions change, this plan will allow our league the flexibility to react to new circumstances, and we will adjust accordingly.”
Players are scheduled to arrive in market over a four-week period beginning September 14th, 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.