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The Provincial Junior Hockey league is making plans for the next season.
After a board of directors meeting, it was announced on June 23, that the League is planning to start the 2021 / 22 season on October 1, 2021.
The schedules for the eight divisions in the league are currently being put together and will be announced in as soon as they are complete.
In addition, details like the playoff format and dates will also be announced when they are ready.
If the league does manage to have an October start, there may still be restrictions in place for the number of fans, if any, that will be allowed in the building to watch games. That will be determined by the province and the re-opening phase that exists at the time.
The PJHL has not had any regular season games in almost a year and a-half, after the season was abruptly cancelled during division playoffs in 2020.
The Alliston Hornets were just staring their conference championships series against the Stayner Siskins in March 2020, when they received word after the second period that the season will be over after that game due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Hornets went on to win the game 7 – 4.
The League did allow some games at the start of the 2020 / 21 season but teams were limited to playing only teams in their health district and play was heavily modified to follow COVID rules.
The result was a few exhibition games with new rules, no contact, and teams only having two lines on the bench.
The League made that announce that the season was cancelled and would not take place for 2020 / 21.
With many municipalities removing the ice, it became impossible for teams to even practice.
PJHL teams are now getting back into training mode and working on putting squads together for the coming season.
Brian Lockhart, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Tecumseth Times