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NCHC Commissioner Josh Fenton discusses future of college hockey season

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DULUTH, Minn. -- Sports across the country have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Both the Big Ten and PAC-12 have already canceled, or at least postponed, their fall sports seasons. In NCAA D-II, the NSIC canceled their fall sports season as well, including teams at UMD.

The question still remains though, what will happen to the college hockey season? It's scheduled to officially begin on October 3, with the Bulldogs set to drop the puck at Michigan Tech on October 16.

Neither the NCAA or NCHC has made an official ruling on the future of college hockey this year, but it could be coming soon.

"At the end of the day it comes down to the health and safety of the student-athletes and a larger sight of things a kind of greater campus communities. Whatever plan we put into place, we need to make sure it's a safe and responsible one," said NCHC Commissioner Josh Fenton.

He says that there has been active conversation with college basketball leaders to determine how they can safely put plans into place to play winter sports.

"Competition first date is November 10th on the division one level. For college hockey it's October third. So we're talking about a month and a weeks difference so that's pretty significant. But we're attempting to align with basketball and understand what they are doing. Hopefully we can put together a plan for the general public," said Fenton.

The Bulldogs are currently scheduled to play their home opener on October 23 against the Wisconsin Badgers at AMSOIL Arena. Whenever the season begins, games can be seen live on the My9 Sports Network.

Matt Halverson

Sports Anchor and Reporter

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