Ohio State men’s and women’s hockey seasons delayed indefinitely

Joey Kaufman
Buckeye Xtra

The Ohio State men’s and women’s ice hockey teams had their seasons cut short in March because of the outbreak of COVID-19.

The 2020-21 season also won’t start on time.

The Hockey Commissioners Association, which represents all 11 conferences in Division I, including the Big Ten and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, announced Thursday that the 2020-21 season would be delayed, citing the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

No time frame for a return was given.

“The eleven Division I men’s and women’s ice hockey conferences, represented by the Hockey Commissioners Association (HCA), are committed to providing memorable competitive experiences for our student-athletes during the upcoming season,” read a statement from the organization. “The conferences have been working together on plans to return with a focus on the health and safety of everyone associated with 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 details on game schedules, including the start dates, individually. We look forward to our players and fans enjoying the college hockey experience this season.”

Fall sports in the Big Ten, including football, were postponed last month.

A year ago, Ohio State’s women’s hockey team opened its season in late September; the men’s team started 10 days later.

Both reached the postseason before their seasons were called off.

The women’s team captured its first conference championship, winning the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, but was unable to appear in the NCAA tournament.

The men’s team was in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament when the rest of the season was canceled.