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MOB open 2020-21 AJHL season in Grande Prairie Sept. 18

Fort McMurray Oil Barons bench/Dan Lines photography

The Alberta Junior Hockey League has released the schedule for the upcoming 2020-2021 season.

For a second straight year all 15 AJHL teams will play a 58 game season. The league plans to go back to a 60 game schedule for the 2021-2022 season when the Blackfalds Bulldogs join the league.

This season will see a new modified regular season format that will include one game versus each opponent from the opposite division and two games at the AJHL Showcase. The AJHL notes the schedule has been created to remove pre-determined blocks of games should the season start be delayed due to COVID-19.

All 15 AJHL teams will play 28 home and away dates with two games being played at the annual AJHL Showcase in Camrose the first week of January.

The Fort McMurray Oil Barons will open the year on the road against the Grande Prairie Storm on Friday September 18th. Their home opener is scheduled for Friday September 25th against the Bonnyville Pontiacs.

Friday and Saturday nights will be the Oil Barons primary home dates once again with nine games scheduled at the Casman Centre on Friday’s and 14 on Saturday’s. The MOB will play two Sunday afternoon home games as well as one Tuesday night game. They will also play two Monday afternoon games this season on Thanksgiving Monday in October and Family Day Monday in February.

The MOB will finish the regular season in Bonnyville on Sunday February 28th.

Once again this season you can listen to all 58 Oil Barons regular season games on Country 93.3 with Taylor Pope and Ben Maddigan.

The MOB are coming off a 6th place finish in the North Division with a 20-34-4 record. They were defeated by the Whitecourt Wolverines in the first round of the AJHL playoffs in six games before the rest of the season was cancelled.

The AJHL will announce the exhibition schedule in August.