Browse By

SPHL Announces Target Start for 2020-2021 Season

Puck Drop

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.

About Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL)
Now entering its 17th season, the Southern Professional Hockey League is comprised of 10 member teams
located throughout the southeastern and midwestern United States. Headquartered in Huntersville, North Carolina,
the mission of the SPHL is to provide a quality family-friendly entertainment product structured inside an
economic model that is viable for small and mid-size markets and arenas. For more information about the SPHL,
visit the league’s website at