The South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League has seen a major change to its 2020-21 regular season plan. This week, the league announced that the season start date will be pushed back, while the length and duration of the season will also be shortened.
“With the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Manitoba, all seven SEMHL teams met virtually this evening and have agreed to delay the start of the 2020-21 SEMHL season until November 26th,” a statement from the SEMHL read. “This later start will also reduce the regular season from 18 to 12 games per team.”
Chopping the season by one third will certainly prove to be a significant reduction in icetime, travel and potential COVID-19 exposure for the senior men’s league. However, when eliminating this many contests, finding a ‘hot start’ will be paramount to teams’ success this season. Originally planning for a 18-game season, beginning on Friday, November 6, the season is now set to begin on Thursday, November 26, nearly three weeks later than originally anticipated.
Last year, Carman finished the season in first place, going 14-3-1 for 29 points, two points ahead of second-place Warren (12-3-3) and four points up on third-place Altona (12-5-1). Following a successful semi-final round that saw one series last seven games, with the other going six games, the SEMHL championship was cancelled following Game 2 due to the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time of the pause, Warren was up 2-0 on Portage.
Important information for all planning to attend SEMHL games, beginning November 26.
All rinks will be requiring attendees to sign-in upon entering, while seating will be limited in the rinks as follows: