The Hockey Commissioners Association announced on Thursday that the starts of NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey seasons will be delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Nov. 20 was mentioned as a potential date for the beginning of campaigns in the official statement that reads:
“The eleven Division I men’s and women’s ice hockey conferences, represented by the Hockey Commissioners Association (HCA), are committed to providing memorable experiences for our student-athletes during the upcoming season. The conferences have been working together on plans to return to play with a focus on the health and safety of everyone associated within our campus communities. Due to the impact COVID-19 continues to have across the country and within higher education, the start of competition for the Division I college hockey season will be delayed. Each conference will announce plans for the season individually. We look forward to enjoying the college hockey experience this season.”
In a statement shared by Christopher Peters of ESPN, National Collegiate Hockey Conference commissioner Josh Fenton said:
“The health and safety of all involved across the campus communities, particularly our student-athletes, is the top priority. We fully expect NCHC hockey to be back this season. This delay affords us valuable time to continue formulating plans to start the season successfully.”
It’s expected that Ivy League and Pac-12 hockey programs will remain idle through at least the end of the year due to conference decisions to temporarily halt all sports competitions because of the ongoing health crisis.