Ideally, Wacey Rabbit would be getting ready to leave his home now to prepare for another season of professional hockey.
But because of the COVID-19 pandemic, sports at all levels have been anything but normal in 2020.
As a result, Rabbit, a member of Kainai Nation (Blood Tribe) in Alberta, is not packing his bags quite yet for Florida to take on his role of player/assistant coach with the ECHL’s Jacksonville Icemen for the 2020-21 campaign. The 33-year-old centre has spent portions of the past three seasons with the Icemen in a circuit considered two steps below the National Hockey League.
This past month, however, officials with the ECHL announced its squads would not be opening their training camps as they usually do in September, followed by an early October regular season commencement. Instead, the league is now targeting a Dec. 4 start date for its upcoming campaign.