HUNTERSVILLE, NC (July 28, 2020) – The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) today announced that it is targeting mid-to-late December for the start of the 2020-2021 regular season.
“With the continued spikes in COVID-19 throughout the country and the challenges other sports are facing in
their attempts to resume play, delaying our start to December gives us the best chance of completing an entire
season with all 10 teams,” stated Commissioner Doug Price. “In addition, various state restrictions on large gatherings and the economics surrounding the uncertainty of having fans in our arenas in October or November, even at reduced capacity, make it difficult for teams to guarantee the ability to generate the revenue needed to operate if we were to start any earlier.”
“After a healthy discussion among our Board of Governors, we just felt there are too many variables out of our control at this time to attempt starting on time,” added Price. “Delaying the season was a difficult decision, but I believe it was the responsible thing to do when taking everything into consideration.”
The 2020-2021 regular season schedule and playoff format will be announced at a later date.
“Although it’s unfortunate that the season will kick off later than anticipated, we’re eager to return to play in an environment that’s safest for our players and fans to enjoy,” said Marksmen Owner Chuck Norris. “We’re especially thankful for the support of our season ticket holders and corporate partners throughout the challenging nature of the pandemic, and look forward to taking the ice in front of the Fayetteville faithful as soon as possible.”
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