Union College will not participate in men’s and women’s ice hockey competition during the 2020-21 school year, the school announced Tuesday.
Union becomes the latest ECAC Hockey member to announce the cancellation of its season due to COVID-19 concerns. Last week, the conference’s six Ivy League members canceled their season when the Ivy opted to cancel its entire winter sports slate. Monday, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute announced it would not play hockey this winter.
“This was an incredibly difficult and disappointing decision that we had to make in the best interest of our entire community, a decision that I was heartbroken to deliver to our student-athletes earlier today,” Union athletic director Jim McLaughlin said in a press release. “The pandemic continues to affect all aspects of our daily lives and unfortunately intercollegiate athletics, like many other extracurricular pursuits that students are passionate about on our campus, is not immune.”
According to the press release, Union’s men’s and women’s teams will continue to work with both coaches and staff “for support and on-ice opportunities throughout the winter term.”
This report will be updated.