Hockey in Nova Scotia has received the go-ahead.
That’s the news the MHL was awaiting. Now hockey can be played in the three maritime provinces.
The MHL’s return-to-play plans have been in the works for months. While postponements due to covid or weather may occur, the MHL will do its part to keep its hockey alive.
Truro was scheduled to play at home Wednesday against Campbellton; however, COVID protocols on the Tiger side required that game to be rescheduled.
The Bearcats must wait until the weekend when they have a pair of road games, Saturday in Yarmouth, then Monday afternoon in Amherst.
The opponents are number one and two in the Eastlink South Division, and second and third overall in the League.
Both teams made additions leading to the Trade Deadline. Both added depth and experience upfront and on the blueline.
Truro and Yarmouth met four times before the December shut down. The Mariners had the upper hand, winning three of the matchups.
Amherst is the lone team in the Division Truro has not defeated. The Ramblers won all three meetings to date, the last two by the smallest of margins. Amherst is in Truro the next Wednesday.
This is much like the start of a new season. All teams in the league have experienced the addition of new faces to their rosters through trades and acquisitions.
Also, many of the teams have lost players who, for a variety of reasons, have chosen not to return. That will be more clear once play begins and the dust settles.
The Bearcat schedule has the team slated for eighteen games to complete the revised schedule bringing the total to forty-two games for the season.
The big thing now is getting the players playing. They’ve been without their game for a long time and certainly deserve the chance to get it on.
So, too, are the fans who faithfully follow their teams. It’s almost like the start of Spring.
Season ticket holders are asked to bring their ticket package to Truro’s first game, to exchange for a new batch to cover the revised schedule.
Let’s get at it.