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NWHL pushes back start of 2020-21 season to January due to Covid-19

The National Women’s Hockey League has decided to push back the start of the 2020-21 season to January 2021 due to the ongoing effects of the global Covid-19 pandemic.

It had been hoped that the 2020-21 season would start in mid-November, but the start date has been pushed back again in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

Each team is scheduled to play 20 regular-season games ahead of the Isobel Cup Playoffs, which are expected to be completed by the end of March. The league will aim to hold its annual All-Star Game, but not until after the postseason is completed.

It remains unclear if fans will be able to attend games, while the return-to-play format has not been finalized.

The 2020-21 season will involve six teams following the arrival of expansion team Toronto Six.