Despite the coronavirus pandemic, ECAC Hockey is moving on.
After losing 67% of its teams in the last week, the conference announced Thursday that it will have a men’s and women’s hockey season with its four remaining schools — Clarkson, Colgate, Quinnipiac and St. Lawrence.
Last Thursday, the Ivy League announced the cancellation of its winter sports season because of the pandemic. That meant the six Ivy schools that have men’s and women’s hockey — Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton and Yale — couldn’t compete in the ECACH.
On Monday, RPI announced it was cancelling its men’s and women’s college hockey seasons. Union followed suit on Tuesday.
“We are deeply saddened and sorrowful for the student-athletes, coaches, staff, and all stakeholders at Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, RPI, Union, and Yale,” ECACH Commissioner Steve Hagwell said in a press release. “ECAC Hockey is the greatest league in the country in large part because of the individuals representing the 12 member institutions.”
The quartet of institutions moving forward will compete in a slate of non-league and league games, beginning as early as this weekend. The 2020-21 league schedule, which will begin in January, will be announced soon.
“The role of the league staff is to support and promote the members, which is what we will do for the programs competing,” Hagwell said. “It is going to look different, but we are confident that we have an exciting season ahead.”