Scottish Ice Hockey is extremely sad to announce that the 2020/21 Scottish National League season will not be played.
The COVID-19 pandemic presented SIH with an unprecedented set of challenges that the board have attempted to safely navigate their way through.
However, the latest government advice moved us further away from a potential return to play and SIH has now decided to cancel the league campaign.
SIH has explored every possible avenue to salvage the season, but the current circumstances have proved impossible to overcome.
“We feel that it is unlikely that the restrictions will be lifted sufficiently to allow us to formulate plans to resume competitive action,” said SIH Chairman, David Hand.
“There are currently numerous clubs whose home rinks remain closed and the timescales on those facilities reopening are unclear.
“Even if we get to a point where all venues reopen, it appears that fans would not be allowed in to watch any games.
“Clubs are reliant on gate revenue to operate effectively and, without this income stream, they simply cannot function properly.
“Government compliance along with the safety of our players, officials, staff and fans is the driving factor behind this decision.
“If government guidance and support were to change, we may be in a position where we could stage some form of cup or tournament next spring.
“In the long term, it is our intention to play an extended 2021/22 season starting as early as possible, providing all rinks remain open during summer.
“We would like to thank everyone for their patience over the past few months and look forward to facilitating a return to action when it is deemed safe to do so.”
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