Robert: Growlers announce revised start date to 2021 season
The Newfoundland Growlers, per the ECHL Board of Governors and in association with the Professional Hockey Players’ Association, have announced that the 2020-21 Season will commence under a split-season format, with the Newfoundland Growlers tentatively slated to start the season on January 15th, 2021.
While select ECHL member clubs will begin on December 11th, 2020, the Newfoundland Growlers have opted to tentatively commit to the later date after reviewing the current public health guidance from the Department of Health and Community Services along with Federal and Provincial travel restrictions. The Growlers say they will continue to monitor public health guidance and associated travel restrictions over the coming months to navigate towards a safe return to hockey at Mile One Centre.
“While we are excited that the ECHL is providing a path forward for teams to start playing again, we have to operate within the rules currently in place to protect the health and safety of our players, staff and the people of our Province.”, said Dean MacDonald, Chair of Deacon Sports and Entertainment “We will continue to work closely with Mile One Centre and the Department of Health and Community Services to get the Growlers back on home ice to defend our league championship title.”
As a result of the announcement, the Growlers will issue refund to current Regiment Gold Season Ticket Members.