Pacha: We have to plan as normal
Dundee Stars Coach and General Manager Omar Pasha says the only way to prepare for next season is to act as if it is happening.
The current coronavirus situation not only prematurely ended 2019/20 in the Elite League but has cast doubt on whether the next season will probably start in time with other sporting events at the end of the summer already canceled
But Pasha insists that the only way to be ready is to continue as normally as the line is drawn on the previous campaign and that thoughts turn to the future.
"For me, it's about slowly preparing for the next season," he said. "We are no different from all the other teams out there with the degree of uncertainty that there is, so we have to make sure that we can plan ahead, but it is difficult plan without knowing when we can go back.
"The most important thing we can do is try to prepare ourselves as usual for a season as if we are all ready to start again.
"We are planning right now and recruiting right now is examining all the options available and working on them over the weeks.
"There are many of things we have to do in the background before we know which direction to take. The way we do business, of course, has implications for the budget.
"We were among the best teams to have a bigger increase in the number of people coming to the games, up 14 or 15%, so it was great to see. We have to keep that momentum for next season, when that happens.
"It affected everyone, there's no question about it, but with our model, what we want to do, when it's all over, is that everyone is back on board and going from forward for the future. "
Whatever happens in the future, the addition of the Magic 5 weekend proposed is the one with which Pasha is fully on board.
But he thought about what is now last season, admitting that there will be a financial price to pay as a result of the virus and revealed that the news of the closure of the league took a few days to absorb.
He added: "It is difficult to say how much in financial terms this will have an impact on us because we do not know how long it will last, but we are realistic as to how we will take a hit. All the other teams will say the same thing.
“Of course, it was totally unexpected and it all happened so quickly, but we made sure that all the guys went home safely.
"It (the shutdown) was difficult. We had the game in hand with Manchester, two points behind Glasgow and a possible tiebreaker against the two teams, so we were aiming for seventh place.
"It was frustrating because I thought we had made a decent effort in the second half of the season and we were doing well. We beat Sheffield at away from home and Cardiff at home and those are two teams that we could have faced in play-offs.
"With the current chaos, it probably took a few days for it to sink since the season was over and it is a shame. Little No matter what is said about this group, they have always worked hard and competed and I like to think that the second half of the season is an indication of that.
"But for the future, the last four are a great weekend for income and not having a hard time this year, so have an event, like the Magic 5, with all the fans watching all teams, it's a good idea and it's good to have five games for the fans.
"I still hear rumors of possible rivalry games, I think it can add more excitement to the weekend itself."