Monroe: Walleye coach Dan Watson still believes that the 2020-2021 ECHL season will start in December

The Toledo Blade’s Mark Monroe spoke with Toledo Walleye coach Dan Watson regarding the questions surrounding the starts of the NHL, AHL and ECHL’s 2020-2021 seasons, and Watson told Monroe that he’s preaching a consistent message to his players…

Walleye coach Dan Watson said he continues to focus on the things he can control, building his roster and preparing for the season. The team has signed 17 players so far this offseason.

“The players that we have signed are preparing to play hockey Dec. 4,” Watson said. “That is our message — be ready for that date, be ready for training camp in the middle of November.”

And coach Watson remains somewhat optimistic regarding the probability of the 2020-2021 ECHL season starting on time:

When asked how optimistic he is feeling that the ECHL season will start up as scheduled, Watson said: “about the same as I have the whole time.”

“Until someone tells me we are not playing, I am doing my job to the best of my ability,” Watson said. “Ever since we stopped in March, my job has been to build for 2020-21 season and I’m continuing to do that. Until I’m actually told there is no season, I don’t care when it starts … we will be prepared. It’s not even an option in my brain right now that we aren’t going to play.”


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