National Lacrosse League Cancels 2021 Season
The National Lacrosse League will not play a 2021 season. The league announced that instead of attempting an abbreviated summer season, they would attempt to run a full season beginning in the Fall
“We have gone through many scenarios, including playing a bubble season in Canada in April, but the logistical challenges, including the recently announced tighter travel and quarantine restrictions across the Canadian border have required us to pivot. We have decided to focus on playing a full season in our markets, starting in the fall of this year,” said NLL Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz in a league news release.
“While many of the factors we can control were moving along well, those outside of our control, especially pertaining to obtaining government approval as far in advance as we would have needed, are no longer feasible. All the efforts and innovations we were planning will now go towards a full season starting this fall and into next year. We thank our players, teams and Board of Governors, whose thoughts in this process were invaluable, and we now set our sights on getting lined up for a full NLL season starting in the fall. We also thank our fans for sticking with us – we will be back, and it will be even more exciting than ever before.”
“We appreciate the League’s extensive efforts to provide us the opportunity to play an abbreviated 2021 season in a safe and controlled environment throughout the changing landscape during this Pandemic. While we are disappointed that it will not be possible to play this spring, we are even more excited and passionate about having a full 2021-22 season and are eager to get back on the floor this fall,” said Zach Currier, PLPA President.
Kyle Dawson was set to make his NLL debut with the Rochester Knighthawks, while former Wallaceburg player Marshall Powless was slated to begin his career with the Saskatchewan Rush. Wallaceburg’s Jordan Durston will be entering his 6th NLL season, spending last year with the New England Black Wolves. Wallaceburg’s Zach Herreweyers also plays for the Calgary Roughnecks.