WCHA, NSIC suspend remaining games, NCAA cancels all winter, spring championships

WCHA cancels remaining games, NCAA cancels all winter, spring championships

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (KEYC) — The WCHA and NSIC announced Thursday that it has canceled all of its remaining rounds of the WCHA Men’s Hockey postseason due to concerns over the coronavirus.

The Minnesota State Mavericks were scheduled to play Michigan Tech on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, if necessary, in the second round of the postseason.

“In light of the current health issue gripping the nation, we are canceling the remainder of the WCHA Postseason,” WCHA President and Men’s League Commissioner Bill Robertson said. “The health and safety of our student-athletes as well as our coaches, officials, fans, institutional and league staff is our top priority. Over the last several days we have discussed options for continuing the competition but at the end of the day, we felt it was best for all concerned to end the season immediately.”

Anyone who had purchased tickets to attend WCHA postseason games will be refunded through the original point of purchase. This means that if anyone ordered tickets online via the Minnesota State direct link and Ticketmaster, your refund will be processed autormatically by Minnesota State and Ticketmaster, respectively. Anyone who purchased tickets in person at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center Ticket Office will be refunded at that location.

NCAA President Mark Emmert announced Thursday afternoon that all winter and spring championships have been canceled due to coronavirus concerns.

The Minnesota State Mavericks, who were ranked No. 2 in the nation in the latest USCHO poll, will now have to wait until the 2020-21 hockey season to rebound from a first-round defeat in last year’s Frozen Four tournament against Providence.

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