Robert: Growlers/ECHL season start pushed to December

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The ECHL Board of Governors, in conjunction with the Professional Hockey Players’ Association, has decided to push the start of the 2020-21 season December 4, 2020. The league says 72 games will be scheduled.

“We are eager to return to hockey, but at this time we believe this decision is prudent for the safety of our Players, Employees and Fans,” said ECHL Commissioner, Ryan Crelin. “The ECHL and our Board of Governors are focused on the 2020-21 Season and remain optimistic for the safe reopening of our venues across the continent. We appreciate our partners and fans continued support and patience, as we work together with our venues, local health officials and the members of the PHPA’s Executive Committee towards the safe return of ECHL hockey.”

The Newfoundland Growlers say they support the decision made by the league. In a statement, the team said, “We take the health and safety of our fans and spectators seriously, and the same standard applies to our players and employees.”

The ECHL 2020-21 Season was originally scheduled for October 16, 2020.

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