UPDATE: OHL Unveils Initial Return to Play Plan for 2020-21 Season
TORONTO, ON. The Ontario Hockey League (OHL) announced today the League’s initial plan to return to hockey since the cancellation of the 2019-20 season on March 12th due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Toronto, On. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that it is planning to return to play on December 1, 2020, subject to ensuring that the players, fans, staff and community are able to play and attend games safely. Over the next four months the League will continue to work with government and health agencies to finalize outstanding issues such as safe attendance at venues and cross border travel for teams and players.
“We are looking forward to getting back to playing hockey, but are committed to ensuring that we do so in a manner that is safe and healthy for our players, officials, families, billets, teams, staff, fans and the community,” said OHL Commissioner David Branch. “Players will remain at home until the season resumes and teams will work closely with them on both their academic studies and overseeing their on and off-ice development. In addition, the League will liaise with our facilities to ensure that our venues are safe for our return to play.”
The season will include a 64-game schedule and a 16-team playoff format. The regular season is scheduled to end on Thursday April 29, 2021. The 102nd Memorial Cup presented by Kia is scheduled to be played June 17-27, 2021 and will be hosted by either the Oshawa Generals or Soo Greyhounds.
Our organization understands there are still many questions to be answered however, we are optimistic in this step forward to a return to the Hive. We want to thank all players, families, fans, partners and the Sarnia-Lambton community for your patience, understanding and overwhelming support as we navigate these times.
Please see below, some answers to some frequently asked questions. Although we may not have answers to everything, We are making it a priority to communicate updates to our fans as soon as we receive them.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
2020-21 Season Tickets?
All Seats for 2019-20 Sarnia Sting Season Ticket holders are currently on hold for the 2020-21 season.
If you have paid for your 2020-21 tickets your balance is being held and will be applied once the 2020-21 schedule is released. Some accounts may be eligible for credit once pricing is confirmed.
If you have not yet paid for your 2020-21 season tickets, please note your seats are currently on hold and you will be contacted directly for renewal opportunities once a schedule is confirmed.
Credits: Credits for the four (4) cancelled games in March 2020 will be applied to the balance due for your 2020-21 season ticket packages.
Pricing/ Payment Plans? We recognize these are unprecedented times and will offer payment plan opportunities. Pricing for 2020-21 has yet to be confirmed but will be shared once a schedule is released.
Do fans have to wear masks at games?
The Sarnia Sting are awaiting Federal, Provincial, and Local Government guidelines and procedures on how we can re-open safely. The safety and well being of our fans, players, billets, staff, and community partners are our top priority.
The Sarnia Sting Hockey Club is committed to ensuring that Sting fans can enjoy the game of hockey in a safe and comfortable environment. Our organization is working closely with health and government officials to determine how to properly get back to business.
If masks are needed, we will ensure that information is relayed to you.
What social distancing protocols will be in place? Will capacity at Sting games be affected due to COVID-19?
The Sarnia Sting are awaiting Federal, Provincial, and Municipal Government guidelines and procedures on how we can re-open safely. The safety and well-being of our fans, players, billets, staff, and community partners are our top priority.
Please be assured that our organization will continue relaying information about social distancing measures as they become available to us.
2020 Cancelled Games?
Due to the COVID19 pandemic the following games in the 2019-20 season were cancelled:
Friday, March 13, 2020 vs. Owen Sound Attack
Sunday, March 15, 2020 vs. Erie Otters
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 vs. Kitchener Rangers
Saturday March 21, 2020 vs. London Knights
Individual Ticket Purchasers
Patrons who have purchased individual tickets for any of the above cancellations will receive one (1) voucher per ticket purchased that can be redeemed for any game of the 2020-21 season. Please hang on to your ticket(s) as proof of purchase for redemption at the Mainstreet Credit Union Sarnia Sting Box Office.
*Gold ticket purchasers will receive vouchers eligible for gold seating
*Regular ticket purchasers will receive vouchers eligible for regular seating
Flex Package/ Voucher Redemption
Patrons who have redeemed Flex Ticketing or vouchers for any of the above cancelled games will received one (1) voucher per voucher to be redeemed for any game(s) during the 2020-21 season. Please hang on to your ticket(s) as proof of purchase for redemption at the Mainstreet Credit Union Sarnia Sting Box Office.
*Gold Flex purchasers will receive vouchers eligible for gold seating
*Regular Flex purchasers will receive vouchers eligible for regular seating
Season Ticket/ Platinum Ticket Holders
Season Ticket and Platinum seat holders will receive a ticketing credit equal to the total value of missed games at the season ticket rate.
Is the Box Office or Sarnia Sting Office Open?
Our office is currently closed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but staff are working remotely. We will open our doors as soon as it is safe and recommended to do so. Please feel free to visit our Sting Directory and contact Sting personnel via email.
If you require further ticketing information, please contact Sting Box Office Manager Cindi Tiltman via email at [email protected]