WHL announces opening date for 2020-21 Regular Season

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The Western Hockey League Board of Governors announced today (October 14) the WHL Regular Season is scheduled to open on Friday, January 8, 2021. Players will be reporting to their respective teams following the Christmas break, in anticipation of the start of the season.

Regular Season games during the 2020-21 season will be played exclusively within the boundaries of each of the four Divisions:

East Division consisting of the seven Saskatchewan and Manitoba-based teams
Central Division consisting of the five Alberta-based teams
B.C. Division consisting of the five B.C.-based teams
U.S. Division consisting of the five teams located in Washington and Oregon

The schedule of games in each of the four WHL Divisions will be announced at a later date. The league says a final determination has not yet been made as to whether spectators will be permitted to attend WHL games as this will be subject to the approval of the Health Authorities in each jurisdiction.

The full release can be read here.