The Halifax Mooseheads are hoping to welcome fans back to the Scotiabank Centre this fall.
On Tuesday the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League announced a tentative start to the 2020-21 season. The league aims to begin a full 68-game regular season on Oct. 1.
The president of the Mooseheads stressed this is just a targeted date that could be pushed back and there will be a number of logistics to figure out as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve.
"It does give us a date that we can circle on the calendar and it's something to work towards, but there's still a lot of work to do yet," said Brian Urquhart.
The Herd's 2019-20 season prematurely ended on March 17 when the QMJHL cancelled all remaining regular season games due to the pandemic. The next week the Canadian Hockey League pulled the plug on playoffs, along with the Memorial Cup.
The National Hockey League is hoping to finish off its 2019-20 season by squeezing in playoffs over the summer.
The NHL plan is to play games inside empty arenas, but Urquhart doesn't see that working in the Q-League.
"We're not like the NHL unfortunately. All our teams, our main source of revenue is through ticket sales and sponsorship, and both of those go hand-in-hand," he explained. "So, playing in an empty building certainly is not an option for us."
Urquhart said provincial health officials would need to give the final go-ahead to the league's overall operating plan before the season can start.