MARSHFIELD, Mass. — Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the New England Hockey Conference’s directors canceled the league's regular season schedule and 2021 NEHC Championship Tournament.
The conference had postponed the 2020 portion of this season's schedule in July.
Member institutions will have autonomy to schedule competition based on institutional policy coupled with local and state health guidelines. Norwich University President Mark C. Anarumo has expressed his commitment to a modified nontraditional season for Norwich University’s student-athletes.
Individual institutions may make announcements about competition for their hockey programs this winter.
The conference had remained optimistic that a season could safely take place this winter. However, with regional and national surges in COVID-19 cases and intrastate travel restrictions among the membership’s six states, travel proved insurmountable.
Individual institutions may make announcements about competition for their hockey programs this winter. The conference will continue to monitor the latest COVID-19-related data and health guidelines and provide additional updates as appropriate.
This decision affects both the Norwich men's and women's hockey teams, which swept the 2020 NEHC Tournament titles last March before COVID-19 forced the NCAA Tournament's shutdown.
Although the league schedules and postseason tournament have been canceled, both teams are seeking ways to schedule outside competition and play safely in 2021 once the players return to campus in January.
More information on potential schedules will be released when it is available. If home games can be scheduled, no spectators will be allowed in Kreitzberg Arena. However, the games will be livestreamed on www.norwichathletics.com
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