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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - FEBRUARY 10: Trevor Zegras #13 of the Boston University Terriers skates against Jordan Harris #2 of the Northeastern Huskies during the first period of the 2020 Beanpot Tournament Championship game between the Northeastern Huskies and the Boston University Terriers at TD Garden on February 10, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

98.5 The Sports Hub staff report

With the Bruins off Boston ice since March, and with the winter college seasons paused and eventually canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s been over six months since we’ve seen a high-level hockey game in our backyard.

But Hockey East will change that later this month, with a Friday announcement that New England’s premier college hockey division will return to game action later this month with a Nov. 20 projected start date.

The full schedule remains unknown, but “the goal is for each school to play every school twice, resulting in a 20-game schedule for the 11 men’s teams, and 18 games for the 10 women’s teams,” according to the Boston Globe.

The Globe also noted that the conference’s hope is that every team is indeed playing by the first week of December.

And, as you would assume, the season will indeed begin without fans in the stands.

Hockey East was unable to crown a Hockey East champion last year due to the aforementioned coronavirus pandemic pausing and canceling their tournaments, meaning it will be Northeastern tasked with defending their 2020 Beanpot tournament, as well as their 2019 Hockey East championship, with the former won over Boston University and the latter over Boston College.

The Bruins will have one prospect playing in Hockey East this season, too, as 2020 third-round pick Trevor Kuntar will play for Jerry York’s Eagles at Boston College.

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