The Austin Bruins and the North American Hockey League have a plan in place.
The 2020-21 NAHL schedule is almost set, though the coronavirus pandemic will push the start of the season back by about a month.
NAHL teams have traditionally reported for fall camp around Labor Day, with the season-opening NAHL Showcase played in mid-September at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine.
The league announced Monday morning that the Showcase -- a gathering of all 27 NAHL teams, who play four games in four days at the same complex -- will be played in mid-December this year, from December 16-19.
The season is scheduled to begin on Friday, Oct. 9. The league said the full 2020-21 NAHL schedule is expected to be released by Sept. 1.
“We have spent a lot of time discussing return dates and are excited to be moving forward at this time. Our No. 1 priority remains returning to the ice this fall in the safest manner possible for everyone in our hockey community and we believe that October 9th is a good date to achieve that goal,” said NAHL Commissioner and President Mark Frankenfeld.
The NAHL Top Prospects Tournament -- which brings together the top players from each team in the league, who are not yet committed to a college program -- will again be played in Attleboro, Massachusetts, on Feb. 8 and 9.
The season is scheduled to conclude with the 2021 NAHL Robertson Cup finals on May 21-25.
The Bruins begin their main tryout camp on Tuesday at Riverside Arena in Austin. The annual camp All-Star Game is set for 7:05 p.m. Friday. Tickets are available for $10 by contacting the Bruins' main office. Attendance for the game is limited to 250 fans.