SUNY Canton's Women's Hockey Season Delayed To Jan.1
SYRACUSE, NY – The Northeast Women's Hockey League (NEWHL) will delay the start of the 2020-21 season until Jan. 1, 2021. The decision was made by the NEWHL Board of Directors and announced on Thursday, Aug. 6.
“The decision to delay the start of our women’s hockey season was a difficult one, but one that needed to be made given the recent decisions across NCAA Division III,” Athletic Director Randy B. Sieminski said. “We will continue to put the safety of our student-athletes at the forefront of all our decisions. While we feel for our student-athletes we look forward to continuing to give them a positive athletic experience in a safe manner during the coming months as we prepare for the start of hockey season in January.”
"Our priority is the health and safety of everyone involved with intercollegiate athletics, and we will continue to plan for a safe return to competition at the appropriate time," Tom DiCamillo, the commissioner of the NEWHL stated. "The conference will continue to explore scheduling options that provide the NEWHL student-athletes with the best possible experience."
Although no games will take place during the first semester, institutions will have the autonomy to engage in an athletic experience that includes opportunities for personal skill development, growth through small group and instructional workouts, and practices using recommended safeguards.
“This certainly isn’t the news that we wanted, but as a team we were prepared for it,” Head Coach Dave LaBaff said. “Instead of focusing on what we cannot control we will focus on using the fall to develop and prepare for January.”