Twelve Teams will hit the ice once again as the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League hopes to play a complete 32-game regular season with a full-round of playoffs. This has not happened since the Sackville Blazers won the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League Championship in 2018-2019. The 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 seasons were both victims of Covid-19 as were sport leagues both amateur and professionally across the world.
The 2021-22 season is expected to kick off Friday, Sept 24 in Port Hawkesbury when the Strait Pirates and Cumberland County Blues collide. The Blues will be under new management this season with former NHL Player and Cumberland County native Bill Riley taking control of the franchise. The Blues will continue opening weekend with a game in Membertou Saturday night Sept 25 against the Membertou Jr. Miners and Sunday afternoon when the play the Eskasoni Jr. Eagles in Eskasoni.
Each team in the Fred Fox Division will play each other two home and two away, for example Sackville will play the Capstone Jr. Colts, Brookfield, the Valley Maple Leafs, the Brookfield Elks and the Liverpool Privateers four times each. For the Sid Rowe Division, the Blazers will play the Membertou Jr. Miners, the Eskasoni Jr. Eagles, the Port Hawkesbury Canadian Tire Strait Pirates, the Pictou County Scotians, the Cumberland County Blues and the Antigonish Mutual Jr. Bulldogs one home and one away. The schedule will work like this for all teams in the Fox and Rowe Divisions.
In total 192 Regular-Season games are scheduled over the course of 155 days not counting the 2 week Christmas Break with the final regular season game slated for March 5th between the East Hants Penguins and the Eskasoni Jr. Eagles. The playoffs will then begin sometime between March 6-9 leading to a Nova Scotia Junior Champion and a berth in the Don Johnson Memorial Cup Championship symbolizing Junior Hockey Supremacy in Atlantic Canada. This will be a 5 team tournament that will include the four provincial champions plus the host starting in late April in New Brunswick.