The COVID-19 Pandemic has drastically altered how hockey teams throughout North America can compete against one another. This became evident with the National Hockey League having to select three hub cities in Canada and avoid contention in the United States because of its prominent coronavirus outbreak. Edmonton, Toronto, and Vancouver have hosted the entire National Hockey league for weeks now & will continue to do so until the Stanley Cup Playoffs are over.
Few hockey leagues have maintained the infrastructure needed to continue during 2020, as their financial aid isn’t nearly to the NHLs valuation. This became evident for the “NCAA Division One Men’s & Women’s Hockey League”. It was announced on September 12th that eleven preplanned conferences under NCAA Hockey had been postponed, with their new dates not having been announced. College athletes working towards the NHL won’t have an opportunity to show their skillsets in October 2020 with this recent announcement.
The Hockey Commissioner’s Association issued an official statement. It’s been promised that commitment towards providing student-athletes with a memorable season hasn’t faltered and that organizers from all eleven conferences are regularly delegating to determine how the competition can resume. The HCA emphasized that the health & safety of student-athletes is their top priority, which aids in campus communities not having outbreaks throughout the United States. Statements from the HCA ended by noting higher educational institutions in America won’t follow the High School & Elementary format and will continue to remain shut down where permitted.
Competition Start Date
The Hockey Commissioner’s Association couldn’t provide an official date when the NCAA Division One Conferences will resume. That’s because each of the eleven states hosting these events is permitted to select their start date. It means that countries like North Dakota & Minnesota are likely to resume conferences immediately. However, states like New York & Denver will likely postpone having their athletes compete for the most prolonged duration possible. It’ll create numerous scheduling errors, which prompted NCAA’s formal warning to college student-athletes.
It should be mentioned that whenever NCAA Division One Hockey returns, it won’t maintain the former strength of competition it’s known for. That’s because the Ivy League Conference has been outright cancelled for the 2020 Season, leaving one of the NCAA’s most notable venues out of their schedule.