Del-start at the beginning of november at the earliest

Del-start at the beginning of november at the earliest

"There is now a circulating resolution for a seasonal start not before 1. November," DEL managing director gernot tripcke told the trade magazine "eishockey news". The final decision is to be made this week, but is a formality, according to tripcke.

Last week, the DEL denied rumors that the new season would begin on 31 december. October is to begin. In fact everything now points to a later start. Due to the german cup planned for the beginning of november in krefeld (5. And 8. November) the start of the season could rather be postponed further.

Unlike in fubball, the clubs are much more dependent on spectator income. Games without an audience in view of the corona crisis are only feasible for the DEL for a short period of time. Tripcke says league plans "almost normal game schedule" despite late start. However, it is conceivable to reduce the playoff series to the "best of five" mode.

Then, instead of four wins ("best of seven") as in the past, only three wins were needed to advance. In order to give the national leagues more leeway for season planning in corona times, the world federation IIHF had postponed next year’s world championship in riga and minsk by two weeks to the end of may.

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