The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) has announced that the 2020-21 regular season, which will be the league’s 11th season, will begin on October 2, 2020. The league is committed to playing a full schedule of regular season games and the 2020-21 schedule is expected to be released by September 1st.
“We are excited to be moving forward with a return to play date. Our number one priority remains returning to the ice this fall in the safest manner possible for everyone in our hockey community and we believe that October 2nd is a realistic date to achieve that goal,” said NA3HL Commissioner Blake Macnicol. “We will be closely following and monitoring the situation with the NAHL and with our hockey partners to develop the most current return to play guidelines as possible.”
The NA3HL will continue to work daily with teams to monitor the situation in all 32 NA3HL communities, utilizing recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local authorities. The NA3HL and its member clubs want to ensure that they are utilizing the latest information available in order to provide the safest environment as possible for all of the players, coaches, staff, billet families and fans.
However, the delayed start will not affect the three NA3HL events planned for the 2020-21 season. The 11th annual NA3HL Showcase will take place from December 20-22, 2020, at the Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota. The 2021 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament will take place on February 8-9, 2021, at the New England Sports Village in Attleboro, Massachusetts, and the 2021 NA3HL Fraser Cup Championship will take place from March 31-April 4 in Chicago, Illinois.