Your Flint Firebirds have the green light for training camp. The Ontario Hockey League (OHL), made the announcement today.

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It looks like practice will start November 15th, with preseason games starting on November 20th. The big question on my mind is this - will fans be allowed at the games? Will teams be allowed to cross the Canadian border to play? I wonder if American teams will have to stay in Canada to play?

I guess we will all find out soon enough. I am still so bummed out about the fact that the Firebirds were set to go to the playoffs last season and then, well you know what happened - coronavirus.

According to my memories on Facebook, we should have already started the Flint Firebirds Coach's Show at Timothy's Pub. I do not even know if doing the show again this year will be possible, but I will certainly keep you posted on that too.

You can read the official statement from the OHL below. Go Firebirds!

With a planned return to play less than three months away, the Ontario Hockey League continues to work with government and health agencies to plan the safe return of OHL action while also finalizing outstanding issues such as safe attendance at venues and cross border travel for teams. In preparation for the 2020-21 playing season, the League today announced a number of key dates to be circled on the calendar.

 

OHL Training Camps are scheduled to open on Sunday, November 15th, with Exhibition play commencing on the weekends of November 20th & 22nd and 27th & 29th.  

 

Other notable dates for the 2020-21 season include a February 10, 2021 trade deadline, the conclusion of the Regular Season on April 29 and the 2021 OHL Playoffs for the J. Ross Robertson Cup taking place from May 2 to June 14. The 2021 Memorial Cup presented by Kia is scheduled for June 17-27 and will be hosted by either the Oshawa Generals or the Soo Greyhounds.

 

With an eye to the future, the 2021 OHL Priority Selection presented by Real Canadian Superstore is scheduled for Saturday, May 8 followed by the OHL Under-18 Priority Selection on Wednesday, May 12th.

 

The OHL plans to open the 2020-21 Regular Season on the previously announced target start date of Tuesday, December 1st.