Barrie Colts open OHL home campaign against Niagara Oct. 7

The pandemic halted the OHL season in March 2020 and the 2020-21 campaign was cancelled

The good old hockey will be back at Sadlon Arena on October 7 when the Barrie Colts open the home portion of their 2021-22 regular season against the Niagara Ice Dogs.

This will be the first Ontario Hockey League game the Colts have played since March 11, 2020 when Barrie beat Owen Sound 4-1. The regular season was halted on March 13 and never resumed because of the pandemic. The 2020-21 regular season was cancelled because of COVID-19.

When the regular season was scrapped in March 2020, the Barrie Colts were fifth in the Eastern Conference and had clinched a playoff spot.

Barrie has yet to announce a full-time head coach to replace Dale Hawerchuk who died last August from cancer. The club is also scouting for a new general manager after the Colts said Jason Ford was leaving after nine years at the helm. The team said both positions will be filled before the start of the 2021-22 season.

The OHL will release the entire schedule for the upcoming season on Tuesday.