After a bit of a wait, the NAHL announced the 2020-21 schedule for the league, that’ll consist of 23 teams over four division. In the East Division, the Maryland Black Bears will be joined by Maine, Johnstown, Danbury, Northeast, and New Jersey; with Jamestown taking the season off for COVID reasons.
While the Black Bears will open their third season at home for a third-straight year, it won’t be against the New Jersey Titans. Instead, it’ll be a rivalry game right off the bat with the Johnstown Tomahawks– where is no love lost between them. It will be the first of 14 meetings between the two teams.
The schedule breakdown is like this— 14 games against Johnstown, eight games against Maine, eight games against Northeast, 14 games against New Jersey, and 14 games against Danbury. That accounts for 58 games with the NAHL Showcase games not accounted for as of yet. Less games between the Generals and Nordiques is most likely due to travel logistics.
The longest homestand will be between November 20th and December 5th (six games), longest road-trip being immediately before that from October 30th to November 14th. Maryland will have two home Wednesday night games March 17th and April 14th against New Jersey, as well as a home-and-home series April 2nd and 3rd with those same Titans.
All of these games, of course, and subjected to change depending on how the COVID illness affects the squads– and here’s hoping it doesn’t affect any of the 23 teams playing this year and all the players and staff (and fans if they’re allowed in) can be healthy and safe for the season ahead.