The Manitoba Junior Hockey League announced earlier that the 2021-22 season will begin on Friday, September 17. 

The Westman High School Hockey League, meanwhile, has yet to set a date as their season doesn't begin until November, in a normal year. Only a couple of games were played last season before the season was cancelled, including Dauphin's win over Crocus Plains.

Jason Alf remains co-president of the league and he says they are committed to returning to play when they are able to safely do so.

"There's still a lot of uncertainty right now with everything going on," said Alf. "We eliminated our spring meeting which would have taken place in April, so we're just moving forward and we'll see how things go."

The league is hoping to hold two meetings in the fall -- the first being a general meeting -- and the second would be a scheduling meeting. When Dauphin advanced to the league final in the 2019-20 season, 20 teams made up the WHSHL. Last year, just eight teams committed to playing the season with the remainder opting to sit out the season. 

If the league does get the green light to proceed this season, Alf says the hope is to get every team that was in the league two years ago, back in it for this year.

Two years removed from going 19-2-1-1 and entering the league final as favourites, the Clippers will ice a different roster this season, if the campaign does go ahead. With many players from the past two seasons graduating, Dauphin will look to some new faces to step up and generate offence while locking down in the defensive zone.

Dauphin won their lone game last season in a rout, 7-1 against the Plainsmen.

"We're going to be young and inexperienced," said Alf. "Our goal is to always remain competitive and from what we had last year, we had a good nucleus to help us achieve that for this upcoming season and over the next few years."