Hockey East intends to play 2020-21 conference schedule

Published: 7/29/2020 1:12:37 PM

The Hockey East Association announced Wednesday its intent to play the 2020-21 season while prioritizing competition between league members and the completion of a regular-season schedule.

Details regarding the new schedules, including a new start date and specifics of regular-season competition, will be released at a later date.

Hockey East anticipates further challenges as the 2020-21 season approaches due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ensuring the health, safety, and physical and mental well-being of our student-athletes, coaches, on-ice officials, league staff, and school administrators is a top priority.

By emphasizing competition between Hockey East teams, the league gains flexibility in order to make decisions in real time that will protect the health and safety of all parties involved in the administration of the conference schedule.

Hockey East’s geography allows the league to conduct conference competition, including the men’s and women’s championships, while mitigating non-essential travel and allowing maximum flexibility to adjust its schedule based on ever-changing developments and best medical practices surrounding the pandemic.

The league plans to construct multiple balanced schedule models for both the men’s and women’s leagues for the 2020-21 season. These models will include added safety measures and allow for maximum scheduling flexibility.

Hockey East member institutions will continue to rely upon current medical information to establish best protocols for a return to on-campus workouts and resocialization of athletes. These protocols will remain in full compliance with federal, state and local guidelines while the conference office formalizes a league-wide return to play plan. This plan will also account for all guidelines set forth in the NCAA Resocialization of College Sport publication.


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