PJHL set December 1 as goal to get back on the ice

Teams in Alliston, Stayner, Penetanguishene, Orillia, Schomberg, Midland, and Huntsville could see a 24 game season

The Provincial Junior Hockey League (PJHL) is hoping its players can hit the ice as of early December.

On Tuesday, the PJHL announced it has set December 1, 2020, as its target to return to game action. The return-to-the-rink plan is subject to approval from government, health, and Hockey Canada officials.

That means local PJHL teams in Alliston, Stayner, Penetanguishene, Orillia, Schomberg, Midland, and Huntsville could see a season of 24 games. They could be among those to compete for the Schmalz Cup in an environment with strict adherence to COVID-19 safety requirements, according to the PJHL.

“Collectively, our members have worked diligently to be prepared for a safe return to competition when possible,” said PJHL Chair Sandra Heubauer. “By setting a target start date, we are supporting our players, teams, and communities to effectively plan to resume the game.”

The December 1 target date is subject to change based on an evolving situation. The PJHL is expected to finalize details of its return-to-the-rink plan over the coming weeks.