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This is the 2020-21 Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League season. This is the leagues 15th season under this name and its' 41st season overall. The league was previously known as the Mainland Junior B Hockey League from 1980 to 1992 and the Nova Scotia Junior B Hockey League from 1992 to 2006.

On November 24th Public Health Nova Scotia and Hockey Nova Scotia postponed almost all league play until December 9th as a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic hit many areas of the province. The only games that were not cancelled were three games involving the Cumberland County Blues and the Pictou County Scotians due to lower case levels in the areas of the two teams and two of the games are being moved to Pictou County's home rink as the Cumberland County team is too close to a high alert area in New Brunswick where many of their players are drawn from. [1]

On January 24th the league announced that the league would resume play on January 25th (without fans) with the Cumberland County Blues who requested to withdraw for the balance of the season due to many of their players being from the province of New Brunswick.[2]

On February 26th the league held a Board of Governor's meeting to address the season's playoffs. After the meeting the league announced it would end its' season effective as of the end of games on February 27th citing that hockey would not be able to be played until at least March 30th and uncertainty of any future decision by Nova Scotia Public Health and the Nova Scotia provincial government.[3]

On March 6th the league issued a statement stating that the league stating the league would be able to restart play as part of a decision by the provincial health authority on March 5th. The league will resume play with the balance of the regular season being cancelled and the league would immediately begin the playoffs on March 7th.[4]

Membership Changes[edit | edit source]

Teams[edit | edit source]

Fred Fox Division
Team Centre Arena
Brookfield Elks Brookfield Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex
Cole Harbour Colts Cole Harbour Cole Harbour Place
East Hants Penguins Elmsdale East Hants Sportsplex
Liverpool Privateers Liverpool Queens Place Emera Centre
Sackville Blazers Sackville Sackville Community Arena
Valley Maple Leafs Windsor West Hants Recreation & Heritage Centre
Sid Rowe Division
Team Centre Arena
Antigonish Bulldogs Antigonish Antigonish Arena
Cumberland County Blues Springhill Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre
(Richard Calder Arena)
Eskasoni Eagles Eskasoni First Nation Dan K. Stevens Memorial Arena
Kameron Jr. Miners Glace Bay Membertou Sport and Wellness Centre
Pictou County Scotians Trenton Trenton Community Centre
Strait Pirates Port Hawkesbury Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre

Standings[edit | edit source]

As of last games played February 27th

Fred Fox Division[edit | edit source]

Liverpool Privateers 12 9 3 0 0 51 36 18
Sackville Blazers 11 9 2 0 0 62 27 18
East Hants Penguins 14 8 5 0 1 49 41 17
Cole Harbour Colts 13 5 6 1 1 56 52 12
Valley Maple Leafs 11 3 8 0 0 35 48 6
Brookfield Elks 11 2 9 0 0 27 76 4

Sid Rowe Division[edit | edit source]

Antigonish Bulldogs 13 10 2 0 1 57 32 21
Kameron Jr. Miners 14 9 3 1 1 63 37 20
Strait Pirates 11 5 5 1 0 57 65 11
Eskasoni Eagles 15 4 8 3 0 54 76 11
Pictou County Scotians 10 5 5 1 0 26 37 10
Cumberland County Blues 5 1 3 1 0 12 22 3

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Original Format[edit | edit source]

The top four teams in each division qualify. The first place team in each division plays the 4th place team and the 2nd place team plays the 3rd place team in the division semifinal round. The Division Semifinals winners meet in the division final and the division winners meet for the league championship. All series are best-of-seven. The playoff champion advances to the 2021 Don Johnson Memorial Cup.

Revised format[edit | edit source]

The 11 remaining teams make the playoffs with an additional best-of-three round added to make it so that 8 teams will qualify for the division semifinal series. The 2021 Don Johnson Memorial Cup was cancelled by an unanimous decision the four sanctioning bodies in Atlantic Canada.

Fred Fox Division Quarterfinals[edit | edit source]

Sid Rowe Division Quarterfinals[edit | edit source]

Fred Fox Division Semifinals[edit | edit source]

Sid Rowe Division Semifinals[edit | edit source]

Fred Fox Division Final[edit | edit source]

Sid Rowe Division Final[edit | edit source]

Refernces[edit | edit source]

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