February 6th, 2023

ECHL moves back start of 2020-21 season

Rapid City Rush player skating with the puck.

Rapid City Rush right-winger Dante Salturo (49) tries to fight off Tulsa Oiler forward J.J. Piccinich (16) as he carries the puck through the neutral zone during the Rush’s ECHL hockey game against the Tulsa Oilers last season. The EHCL has announced that next season will begin on December 4.


The Rapid City Rush announced, in conjunction with the ECHL, the ECHL board of governors and the Professional Hockey Player’s Association have approved a revised start date for the 2020-21 ECHL Season.


The anticipated start date is Dec. 4, 2020, for a full 72-game schedule.

“We are eager to return to hockey, but at this time we believe this decision is prudent for the safety of our players, employees, and fans,” ECHL Commissioner, Ryan Crelin said. “The ECHL and our board of governors are focused on the 2020-21 season and remain optimistic for the safe reopening of our venues across the continent. We appreciate our partners and fans continued support and patience, as we work together with our venues, local health officials and member’s of the PHPA’s Executive Committee towards the safe return of ECHL hockey.”


The ECHL’s 2020-21 season was originally scheduled to start Oct. 16. Adjustments to the 2020-21 league schedule will be announced at a later date.