McGuire Wire – June 19th – Home Schedule Breakdown
Hey Railers fans… Cam McGuire here, checking in for another McGuire Wire. I hope all of you had a great week. I’m ready for the weekend, it is going to be GORGEOUS.
Did you hear? On Wednesday, the Railers dropped their 2020-21 home schedule which begins on October 24th vs. the Brampton Beast! Coinciding with our home schedule announcement, we are excited to share with you the SUPER 7 GAMES which highlight one CAN’T MISS game per month that will feature big promos, giveaways and more! See below for the upcoming season’s “Super 7 Games.”
Oct 24 – Home Opener with Boston Bruins Alumni Doubleheader
Nov 7 – Worcester IceCats Night
Dec 26 – Home for the Holidays
Jan 30 – Star Wars Night
Feb 13 – Pink in the Rink
Mar 6 – Worcester Red Sox Night
Apr 3 – Fan Appreciation Night
Click HERE for a printable 2020-21 Worcester Railers HC home schedule. I will break down the entire home schedule in a bit, but first I need to give you an update on a new hobby I’ve picked up: inflatable kayaking.
Yes, you read that correctly. A couple of weeks ago, I purchased a two-seater inflatable kayak which I have now taken out twice on Lake Quinsigamond. Let me tell you, it is probably one of the top three purchases I’ve made in my life. You can follow along with my kayaking adventures on Twitter, where I’ll be giving updates all summer long: @cammcguire21. Alright, it’s time to closely examine the Railers home schedule and take a look at who the Railers will be playing at the DCU Center this season, when they will be playing, and more.
The Railers will play 36 games at the DCU Center this season, which includes a jammed packed month of January where they will play NINE games highlighted by Star Wars Night on Jan. 30th. Of the 36 home games, 23 of them will be played in 2021. The nine home games played in the month of January in 2021 will be the second most games played at the DCU Center in a single month in franchise history (tied with nine in December of 2018), and just one behind the ten games the Railers played in March of 2018. See below for a complete breakdown of games per month in franchise history. (Note that in 2019-20, Worcester missed out on three home games in March and April due to the cancellation of the season.)
Day of the Week Breakdown
28 of the 36 home games fall on weekend dates for the 2020-21 season, 19 of which will come on Saturday and Sunday’s.
- For the fourth straight year, the Railers will not play a home Monday game.
- For the fourth straight year, the Railers will play nine home Friday games.
- For the third straight year, the Railers will not play a home Tuesday game.
- For the third straight year, the Railers will play one Thursday game.
Home 3-in-3 Weekends
The Railers will play three home 3-in-3’s, all of which will occur in 2021. Perhaps the most interesting takeaway from the 3-in-3’s this upcoming season is that each weekend, the three games will be against the same opponent, which has never happened before. I would imagine that by the time Sunday rolls around, there will be some heated rivalries on the ice.
- Jan. 29 – Jan. 31 vs. Utah Grizzlies
- Mar. 5 – Mar. 7 vs. Greenville Swamp Rabbits
- Mar. 19 – Mar. 21 vs. Newfoundland Growlers
3-in-3’s By Season
Adirondack Thunder – 5 meetings
THU Nov. 5 7:05pm
SAT Nov. 21 7:05pm
SUN Nov. 22 3:05pm
SAT Nov. 26 7:05pm – Home for the Holidays
FRI Feb. 5 7:05pm – College Night
Brampton Beast – 6 meetings
SAT Oct. 24 7:05pm – Home Opener with Boston Bruins Alumni Doubleheader
SUN Oct. 25 3:05pm
SUN Nov. 29 3:05pm
WED Nov. 16 7:05pm
WED Feb. 10 7:05pm
FRI Feb. 12 7:05pm
Greenville Swamp Rabbits – 3 meetings
FRI Mar. 5 7:05pm
SAT Mar. 6 7:05pm
SUN Mar. 7 3:05pm
Maine Mariners – 8 meetings
SAT Nov. 7 7:05pm – Worcester IceCats Night
FRI Dec. 18 7:05pm
SAT Dec. 19 7:05pm
FRI Jan. 8 7:05pm
FRI Jan. 15 7:05pm
SUN Jan. 17 3:05pm
WED Jan. 27 7:05pm
SUN Mar. 14 3:05pm
Newfoundland Growlers – 5 meetings
WED Nov. 4 7:05pm
WED Dec. 2 7:05pm
FRI Mar. 19 7:05pm
SAT Mar. 20 7:05pm
SUN Mar. 21 3:05pm
Orlando Solar Bears – 1 meeting
FRI Apr. 2 7:05pm
Utah Grizzles – 3 meetings
FRI Jan. 29 7:05pm
SAT Jan. 30 7:05pm – Star Wars Night
SUN Jan.31 3:05pm
Reading Royals – 5 meetings
SAT Jan. 2 7:05pm
WED Jan. 13 7:05pm
SAT Feb. 13 7:05pm
WED Mar. 31 10:05am – School Day Game
SAT Apr. 3 7:05pm – Fan Appreciation Night
Piecing Together the Puzzle
The ECHL has yet to release the full season schedule, as teams are currently permitted to release their home schedule only. With that being said, of the six teams in the North Division, four have released their home schedule: Adirondack, Brampton, Reading and Worcester. Maine and Newfoundland have yet to release their home schedule. In addition, the Jacksonville Icemen announced their home schedule which has the Railers facing off against them on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 7pm down in Jacksonville. See below for when the Railers will be traveling on the road in division.
at Adirondack Thunder – 8 meetings
FRI Nov. 20 at Adirondack 7pm
SAT Dec. 5 at Adirondack 7pm
WED Dec. 30 at Adirondack 7pm
THU Dec. 31 at Adirondack 5pm
TUE Jan. 5 at Adirondack 7pm
SAT Feb. 6 at Adirondack 7pm
SAT Mar. 27 at Adirondack 7pm
SUN Mar. 28 at Adirondack 3pm
at Brampton – 3 meetings
SAT Feb. 20 at Brampton TBD
SU Feb. 21 at Brampton TBD
FRI Mar. 26 at Brampton TBD
at Jacksonville Icemen – 1 meeting
WED Feb. 24 at Jacksonville 7pm
at Reading – 4 meetings
FRI Dec. 4 at Reading 7pm
WED Jan. 6 at Reading 7pm
SAT Jan. 23 at Reading 7pm
WED Mar. 24 at Reading 7pm
Well, that’s a wrap on examining the Railers home schedule and the 16 games we can figure out on the road for the 2020-21 season. Therefore, 52 of the 72 games are set. The other 20… we will have to wait and see.
It’s been real, but I can hear my kayak calling my name… I hope everyone has a great weekend, and Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! 127 days until Opening Night on October 24th!!
Until next time, so long my friends.