RPI cancels men’s and women’s ice hockey seasons

RPI men's hockey head coach Dave Smith addresses media members earlier this year at Houston Field House in Troy. (Gazette file photo)
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RPI men's hockey head coach Dave Smith addresses media members earlier this year at Houston Field House in Troy. (Gazette file photo)

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TROY — Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has canceled its 2020-21 men’s and women’s ice hockey seasons, citing COVID-19 concerns, the school announced Monday.

In a press release, the school announced that the decision not to have the teams compete this season was made, “In a continued effort to safeguard the faculty, staff and community from the COVID-19 virus.”

“As we navigate the global pandemic, we must make every effort to protect the health, safety, and well-being of the Institute community, and unfortunately, cancelling the hockey seasons is prudent as we attempt to achieve that objective,” RPI athletic director Lee McElroy said in the release. “It was a very difficult decision, and we share with our student-athletes and their families the disappointment and uncertainty that comes with this news. The administration will continue to offer support and guidance in every way we can to those affected.”

RPI becomes the latest ECAC Hockey team to opt out of the season, after the Ivy League canceled its winter sports last week, taking away six of the conference’s members. The Liberty League, where RPI is a member for its other sports, also decided last week to cancel its winter sports season.

This report will be updated.

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