WCHA, NCHC men’s hockey cancels remaining rounds of postseason due to COVID-19 concerns
The Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) and the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) announced Thursday the remaining rounds of the men’s postseason are canceled due to concerns over the COVID-19 health situation.
The WCHA issued the following statement in a release:
In light of the current health issue gripping the nation, we are canceling the remainder of the WCHA Postseason." WCHA President and Men’s League Commissioner Bill Robertson said. "The health and safety of our student-athletes as well as our coaches, officials, fans, institutional and league staff is our top priority. Over the last several days we have discussed options for continuing the competition but at the end of the day, we felt it was best for all concerned to end the season immediately.
Two Minnesota teams, Minnesota State, Mankato and Bemidji State, are affected by the cancellation in the WCHA. Other teams in the tournament include Michigan Tech and Bowling Green.
In the NCHC, ticket refunds for the Frozen Faceoff are available at point of purchase. St. Cloud State was scheduled to travel to Western Michigan for the opening round of the tournament on Friday. Minnesota-Duluth was also scheduled to play a game in Duluth on Friday night against Miami as well. Other teams impacted include North Dakota, Colorado College, Omaha and Denver.