Ontario is not ready to authorize play for its 2 American Hockey League groups in the province, creating some uncertainty for a brand-new five-team Canadian Division.

A representative for Ontario sport minister Lisa MacLeod says the NHL is the only professional sport league permitted to play "in accordance with a return to play strategy authorized by the workplace of the primary medical officer of health."

The Belleville Senators (the Ottawa Senators' leading farm club) and the Toronto Marlies (Toronto Maple Leafs) are slated to join the Manitoba Moose (Winnipeg Jets), Laval Rocket (Montreal Canadiens) and Stockton Heat, who have moved to their NHL group's house in Calgary, in the Canadian Division throughout the 2021 season.

Teams will just play divisional video games, preventing border restrictions from impacting action during the COVID-19 pandemic.