The National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) announced changes to its 2020-21 schedule today. The changes are related to a positive COVID-19 test within the Colorado College hockey team and subsequent 14-day quarantine requirement that will result in a delay to the start of the season for the Tigers.
Earlier this month, the league produced a 26-game, conference-only slate, opening with 10 games at Baxter Arena in Omaha, Neb., as part of the NCHC pod beginning on Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Colorado College announced on Nov. 17 that one student-athlete received a positive COVID test and the entire team immediately began a two-week quarantine, which is scheduled to end on Dec. 1.
"The health and safety of our student-athletes and community remains our top priority as we continue to prepare for Omaha," Colorado College Vice President and Director of Athletics Lesley Irvine said. "It has been a challenging time for the team. I am looking forward to seeing them back out there competing and doing what they love. We're also very grateful to the NCHC members and Commissioner Josh Fenton for their understanding and support."
The updated schedule has CC playing eight games in 13 days, beginning with a contest against Western Michigan on Tuesday, Dec. 8.
"We are excited to continue our preparation for the NCHC pod," Colorado College head coach Mike Haviland said. "Our players and staff can't wait to get back out on the ice, then join the other seven teams in Omaha."
The next six games are consistent with the original schedule, except for a time change on Dec. 13 against two-time national defending champion Minnesota Duluth. That game will now begin at 11 a.m. (MT). All six of those games are scheduled to be televised around the country by AT&T SportsNet.
The NCHC has partnered with Midco Sports Network to produce and broadcast every game in the NCHC Pod. All pod broadcasts will also be available on NCHC.tv to active subscribers.
Colorado College will wrap up play in the pod on Monday, Dec. 21, against Omaha. The Tigers will only play St. Cloud State and Minnesota Duluth once in the pod, with the other two games against those teams postponed to the second portion of the season.
For the '20-21 season, the NCHC is divided into two divisions based on geography: East and West. The East Division consists of Miami, Minnesota Duluth, St. Cloud State and Western Michigan. The West Division consists of Colorado College, Denver, North Dakota and Omaha.
Once again, every game during the 2020-21 season will be broadcast live on KRDO NewsRadio 105.5 FM, 1240 AM and 92.5 FM, as well as on the internet at www.cctigers.com.
Colorado College Hockey Schedule - NCHC Pod
|Tue.||Dec. 8||Western Michigan*||Omaha, NE||10:30 am|
|Wed.||Dec. 9||Omaha* (ATTSN)||Omaha, NE||6:30 pm|
|Fri.||Dec. 11||Western Michigan* (ATTSN)||Omaha, NE||6:30 pm|
|Sun.||Dec. 13||Minnesota Duluth* (ATTSN)||Omaha, NE||11:00 am|
|Tue.||Dec. 15||Miami* (ATTSN)||Omaha, NE||6:30 pm|
|Fri.||Dec. 18||St. Cloud State* (ATTSN)||Omaha, NE||6:30 pm|
|Sat.||Dec. 19||Miami* (ATTSN)||Omaha, NE||7:00 pm|
|Mon.||Dec. 21||Omaha*||Omaha, NE||11:00 am|