The trickle that will turn into a waterfall. Slowly, very slowly, junior teams who have been delayed will begin to simply go dark due to State regulations. Just as it has happened in the Southern Professional Hockey League.
The SPHL, while not junior hockey, is a great league positioned in some great markets. Markets that have some junior hockey programs as well.
Peoria (Il.) based Rivermen, Moline (Il.) based Quad City Storm, the Evansville (Ind.) Thunderbolts, the Fayetteville (N.C.) Marksmen and the Roanoke (Va.) Rail Yard Dogs, have all taken the year off.
With reports of junior teams in the United States and Canada already experiencing COVID-19 infections, this SPHL announcement became predictable.
As we progress deeper into October, more teams, at the Junior and Professional levels will go dark.
If you cant have fans, and you can not assure the safety of players, you simply can not play.
Less than one hour after the announcement I had fourteen emails from players who are just now realizing they are screwed. If you don’t have a backup plan now, it may be too late.
As I have said for the last seven months, this is far from over.
Joseph Kolodziej – Adviser