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USA Hockey Partners With TeachAids To Assist In Concussion Education

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced it has partnered with TeachAids to utilize CrashCourse as a resource in its overall concussion education materials.In collaboration with more than 100 medical and industry experts, TeachAids, a nonprofit leader in global education innovation, created CrashCourse to improve understanding and awareness surrounding concussions among youth athletes in all sports.

The curriculum integrates state-of-the-art technology and interactive features to appeal specifically to athletes growing up in the digital native generation.

“Utilizing CrashCourse will greatly enhance our concussion education program for athletes, coaches and parents,” said Dr. Michael Stuart from the Mayo Clinic, who serves as USA Hockey’s chief medical and safety officer. “I’m proud of our on-going focus and commitment to health and safety and this is another resource that will be extremely beneficial.”

“We are proud to join forces with USA Hockey and their incredible educational services to increase the knowledge and understanding around concussions,” said Dr. Piya Sorca, chief executive officer of TeachAids. “It has been an absolute pleasure to work with their leadership team.”USA Hockey will utilize multiple avenues to distribute CrashCourse content, including online at USAHockey.com.

“The CrashCourse products are a great fit to complement our existing concussion education offerings,” said Kevin Margarucci, manager of player safety for USA Hockey. “We’ll be implementing the curriculum throughout our programs.”

ABOUT CrashCourse By TeachAids
TeachAids is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit social venture that creates breakthrough software addressing numerous persistent problems in health education around the world, including HIV/AIDS, concussion, and COVID-19 education. CrashCourse is the second free health education program launched by TeachAids in collaboration with Stanford University, following the global success of its award-winning HIV/AIDS interactive software, which is used in 82 countries around the world. For more information on TeachAids visit TeachAids.org or follow us on Twitter @TeachAids, Facebook @TeachAids, YouTube at TeachAids, and Instagram at @teachaids.

RIT Coaching Staffs Getting Creative In Recruiting

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ROCHESTER, NY – Just as most individuals have had to make adjustments in their everyday lives during a pandemic, coaches at RIT have had to make changes in all aspects of their job, including recruiting. The coaching staff have had to get creative and come up with new ideas in all facets of recruiting future RIT student-athletes.

RIT admissions is hosting potential students for on-campus visits and tours. Families may contact the admissions office and set up a private on-campus tour following all COVID-19 protocols for social distancing. 

“We can have prospective student-athletes visit campus, which has been incredibly helpful,” said RIT women’s lacrosse coach Erin Wagner. “Recruits are encouraged to register for a tour through the Admissions Office where they will go through symptom screening prior to campus tours.”

While on campus, recruits and their families can meet with the coach, following the same social-distancing  and masking protocols.

With a lack of in-person contact with potential student-athletes, coaches have relied upon texting, emailing or FaceTiming recruits to stay in contact. “I have found myself FaceTiming recruits a lot more,” said RIT Women’s Basketball Coach and Senior Woman Administrator Amy Reed. “They actually prefer it, and you get that “face-to-face” interaction in the best way you can. I also text with them quite regularly.” 

During the summer months many coaches will travel to watch potential recruits at various camps, summer-league games and showcases. However, RIT currently has enacted a freeze on all official travel, so all off-campus recruiting has been on hold since last spring, which means that recruiting has shifted primarily to an online/virtual setting.

Reed explained that many events were streamed, allowing her a chance to watch recruits from afar. “There are still AAU events being held, and a lot of those events were streamed live,” explained Reed. “The organizers knew most colleges weren’t permitting coaches to do in-person recruiting at this time.”

“I have not done any in-person recruiting since January,” said Wagner. “This summer and fall, I have been doing evaluations based on highlight videos and game film from tournaments.”

“We have been limited to highlight videos and any live-play video that is offered at the different events, said RIT Men’s Lacrosse Coach Jake Coon. “Many events have setup some sort of video but they don’t capture everything. We also use club and high school recommendations as a really important part of the process right now.”

With on-campus visits and travel curtailed, RIT coaches have had to get creative in their recruiting. Coach Reed sends recruits a video highlighting the reasons why a potential student-athlete should come to RIT. Wagner is planning a virtual “Junior Day” for her 2022 recruits. 

Could the travel and in-person restrictions have a lasting effect on recruiting? “Depending on how long the restrictions last, it could start to affect the class of 2022,” said Coon. “We usually try to transition over to evaluating recruits in the fall, and as of right now we cannot. Because of this, next summer will be extremely important to catch up on evaluations and visits.”

“I think we can certainly recruit virtually as a supplementary way to extend our outreach and cast a wider net,” said Reed. “I do enjoy attending events in-person. I do not think that should end. You can see things in person that you wouldn’t normally catch on video. However, I think a combination of in person and remote is the future of recruiting.”

NEWHL Cancels 2020-21 Season

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – With the priority being the health and safety of students and staff at member institutions, the Northeast Women’s Hockey League has made the difficult decision to cancel its 2020-21 conference schedule and league championship. The conference announced the decision on Friday, Oct. 23.

“The priority must be to protect the health and safety of our student-athletes as well as the members of our campuses and communities,” Tom DiCamillo, commissioner of the NEWHL, explained. “We are disappointed in having to make this decision and feel for our student-athletes; however, our intention is to stay safe and united as a league, and prepare for the 2021-22 season.”

The conference transitioned from the ECAC West to the NEWHL in 2017-18, which the Potsdam Bears joined with Buffalo State, Cortland, Oswego and Plattsburgh. Morrisville and Canton joined the league last season bringing the total number of schools to seven to secure a permanent NCAA Division III automatic qualifier in the national championship tournament. Potsdam has qualified for the NEWHL tournament in two of the league’s three seasons, earning the No. 2 seed in 2018-19.

NTDP Coaching Staff Update

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10/17/20 USA NTDP-U-18 vs Muskegon Lumberjacks. 4-2 USA victory
Mike Leone Promoted to Assistant Coach, Greg Mauldin and Kevin Porter Named to NTDP Coaching Staff  
 
PLYMOUTH, Mich. – USA Hockey announced that Mike Leone (Dearborn, Mich.) has been promoted to assistant coach, while Greg Mauldin (Holliston, Mass.) has been hired as an assistant coach and Kevin Porter (Northville, Mich.) named volunteer assistant coach at the organization’s National Team Development Program.

ABOUT LEONE
Leone joined the NTDP prior to the 2019-20 season where he served on the bench of the Under-17 Team and helped lead the squad to the 2019 Four Nations Tournament championship in Ufa, Russia.Prior to joining the NTDP, Leone coached at both the collegiate and professional levels as he was an assistant at Bowling Green State University (2018-19), as well as with the ECHL’s Quad City Mallards (2017-18). The Dearborn, Michigan, native skated three seasons at Western Michigan University before embarking on a four-year professional career that took him through the ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings and Toledo Walleye, in addition to one season with Villard-de-Lans in France.

ABOUT MAULDIN
Mauldin begins his coaching career after having spent the last 16 seasons playing professional hockey across the world. His stops have taken him through the NHL, AHL and UHL, as well as tours in Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, Croatia, and most recently, Norway, where he finished as an assistant captain with the Stavanger Oilers. Mauldin suited up for the Columbus Blue Jackets, New York Islanders and Colorado Avalanche at the game’s highest level.Mauldin skated three seasons at the University of Massachusetts from 2001-2004, where he accumulated 94 points (48G, 46A) across 98 career games for the Minutemen. He was a seventh-round pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, and it was in Columbus where he kicked off his professional career after his time in Amherst, Massachusetts.       

ABOUT PORTER
Former NTDP captain Kevin Porter has been named to the Under-18 staff as a volunteer assistant coach. Porter spent the previous 12 seasons playing with four NHL teams and five AHL clubs. Most recently, he served as the captain for the AHL’s Rochester Americans from 2017-20. Prior to playing professionally, the forward spent four seasons at the University of Michigan, where he was named captain during his senior year.At the international level, Porter represented the United States in two IIHF Under-18 World Championships, where he helped lead the U.S. to a silver medal in 2004. He also represented the U.S. twice in the IIHF World Junior Championship, including serving as captain of the 2006 team.

Leone, Mauldin and Porter will join head coach Dan Muse as the coaching staff for the U.S. National Under-18 Team this season. 

ABOUT THE NTDP: USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program is in its 24th season of competition and is based at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan. The goal of the full-time development program is to prepare student-athletes under the age of 18 for participation on U.S. National Teams and success in their future hockey careers. Its efforts focus not only on high-caliber participation on the ice but creating well-rounded individuals off the ice.

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NYSPHSAA Holds Quarterly Executive Committee Meeting In Saratoga

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Latham, NY– The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) held its quarterly meeting of the Executive Committee on Wednesday, October 21 at the Embassy Suites in Saratoga Springs. The Committee voted on several key proposals important to the Association’s 787-member

One of the major highlights of the meeting was the Executive Committee approving changing the designation of boys and girls tennis from an individual sport to a team sport beginning in the fall of 2021 (girls) and spring of 2022 (boys). The change in designation results in both boys and girls tennis allowing for NYSPHSAA to conduct its first ever team championship in one division in addition to the current individual championships. The complete proposal can be found on pages 96-99 in the agenda.

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The committee also approved the use of the NCAA rule allowing two liberos in the sport of boys volleyball. The sport of wrestling was granted approval to implement a two-year pilot program to change the current at-large procedure for the NYSPHSAA Championship, effective for the 2020-21 season. That proposal can be found on pages 104-106 of the agenda. The sport of cheerleading had three proposals approved by the committee. First, cheerleading will permanently adopt the pilot program, which began in 2018, to establish a structure, training and scoring format. Additionally, modifications were approved to the scoring areas of the state scoresheet. The third proposal that was approved was game day regional cheer competition beginning in the fall of 2021, which will be scheduled for week 17 on the NYSPHSAA calendar.

Pertaining to State Championships, the LECOM Harborcenter was approved as the site for the Boys Ice Hockey Championships for 2022-2024. Also, all fall 2020 regional and state tournament rotations have been approved to advance to 2021 for all fall sports which includes girls tennis (at large rotations used to fill byes). All fall 2020 state championship venues had their bids extended for one year due to the cancellation of these state championships this year.

During the discussion of Sectional Concerns, Section I was approved by the Executive Committee to move from a discussion item to an action item. Section I proposed, with section approval, starting the Fall Sports II season on February 22, 2021 (one week earlier than the approved March 1, 2021 start

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date). That proposal was defeated with President Julie Bergman voting in opposition to break a 10-10 tie (2 abstentions).

The meeting was called to order by President Julie Bergman at 9:00 am and concluded at 11:46 am. The next meeting of the NYSPHSAA Executive Committee will be Wednesday, February 3rd in Saratoga Springs.

Cyclones Extend Affiliation Agreement With The Sabres and Amerks

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Cincinnati, OH- The Cincinnati Cyclones have extended their affiliation agreement to be the ECHL affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres (NHL) and Rochester Americans (AHL). Terms of the new agreement were not announced.

The Cyclones recently completed their third season as Buffalo’s ECHL affiliate as part of the current agreement qualifying for the playoffs in each of those seasons and posting a 128-60-15-4 record during that time. 

“The Cyclones have been a valuable part of our organization the last three seasons and we’re pleased to see the relationship continue,” Sabres General Manager Kevyn Adams said. “The success the team has experienced in the ECHL speaks for itself and I’m confident Cincinnati will remain an important resource for developing players for Rochester and Buffalo.”

This past season saw the first former Cyclones player reach Buffalo with the February 4, 2020 debut of goaltender Jonas Johansson. The 2019-2020 season saw five players spend time in Rochester and Cincinnati as Forwards Pascal Aquin, Brady Vail, Shaw Boomhower, defenseman Matt Spencer and goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen played at least one game with each team. Over the three year stint, a total of 20 individual players have played for Rochester and Cincinnati in an individual season. 

“The Sabres organization values the minor league system and that is evident in the prospects they provide to the Cyclones,” said Cincinnati Vice President & General Manager Kristin Ropp.  “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Buffalo and look forward to seeing their scouted talent here in Cincinnati.”

“Buffalo has been a tremendous partner for the Cyclones,” said Cyclones head coach Matt Thomas. “They believe that the development of prospects at our level has a direct correlation to future success. We look  forward to continuing our affiliation and creating an opportunity for young prospects to reach their goals.”

Hockey Mourns the Passing of T.J. Goodwin

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Oswego State ACHA Hocke
y announces that it is with heavy hearts that we learned of the passing of one of our alumni this past Sunday. TJ Goodwin was a valued member of our program from 2011-2015. Our deepest condolences to the friends and family he left behind.

SUNYAC Ice Hockey Season Cancelled

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – In an abundance of caution to protect the health and safety of students and staff, after consultation with conference leadership, the presidents of the State University of New York Athletic Conference have made the difficult decision to cancel winter sports.

“This was not an easy decision and I empathize with all of our student-athletes across the SUNYAC,” Erik Bitterbaum, the chair of the SUNYAC Presidents said. “However, despite our best efforts to plan for a winter season, our priority must be the health and safety of everyone involved with intercollegiate athletics, and our campuses as a whole.”

The winter sports impacted by the decision include the conference schedules and championships for men’s and women’s basketball, as well as men’s ice hockey. The championships for men’s and women’s swimming & diving and men’s and women’s indoor track & field also have been canceled. 

The SUNYAC will continue internal planning for the possibility of spring sports. The decision on spring sports will be made at a future date.

Fogarty Agrees To One-Year Deal With Sabres

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LAVAL, QC - OCTOBER 30: Steven Fogarty #19 of the Hartford Wolf Pack skates against the Laval Rocket at Place Bell on October 30, 2019 in Laval, Canada. The Laval Rocket defeated the Hartford Wolf Pack 4-1. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

(Rochester, NY) – The Buffalo Sabres announced that the team has signed forward Steven Fogarty to a one-year contract for the 2020-21 season.

Fogarty, 27, wrapped up his fifth season with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League in 2019-20, recording 37 points (13+24) in 54 games while serving as team captain. He also appeared in seven NHL games for the New York Rangers and was named Hartford’s winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to the Hartford community during the 2019-20 season.

A native of Chambersburg, Penn., Fogarty has appeared in 252 career AHL games, all with Hartford, totaling 130 points (50+80), including a career-high 52-point campaign in 2018-19 when he led all Wolf Pack forwards and ranked second on the team in scoring.

He’s also made 18 appearances for the New York Rangers since being selected by the team in the third round (72nd overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

Prior to turning pro, the 6-foot-3, 208-pound forward spent four years at the University of Notre Dame, where he amassed 65 points (27+38) over 150 career games and was a two-time captain for the Fighting Irish. As a freshman, Fogarty helped Notre Dame to a 2013 CCHA championship.

He was also named an All-Rookie Team selection in 2011-12 following an 82-point season during which he scored 33 goals and added 49 assists in 60 games for the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League.

Sabres, BlueCross BlueShield Distribute PPE Kits To WNY Schools

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Kevyn Adams and BlueCross BlueShield officials will deliver PPE kits to Buffalo Public Schools Monday

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Sabres and BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York have teamed up to welcome Western New York teachers and students back to the classroom by providing 10,000 personal protective equipment (PPE) kits to several schools across our community. Each kit includes face coverings and hand sanitizer to help keep teachers, students and staff safe as they resume in-person education.

On Monday, Sabres General Manager Kevyn Adams and representatives from Pegula Sports & Entertainment will join Julie Snyder, SVP, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer from BlueCross Blue Shield to deliver PPE kits to Buffalo Public School educators. Media are invited to attend a photo opportunity at Harvey Austin School (1405 Sycamore Street) at 11:00 a.m. Monday, Oct. 19. Media are encouraged to arrive at 10:30 a.m.

In addition to PPE kits, the Sabres and BlueCross BlueShield are providing informational signage to display throughout the schools that convey proper CDC guidelines for fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, including the importance of social distancing and hand washing. The first shipment arrived at Holland Central School Tuesday. In the coming days, shipments will arrive at Buffalo Public Schools, Elmwood Franklin School, Tapestry Charter Schools, and the Pioneer and Lewiston-Porter districts. 

“Safety is always our top priority, and we are deeply committed to doing what we can to make our area schools safe for students and teachers,” said Dan Misko, Pegula Sports & Entertainment’s Sr. Vice President of Business Development. “We’re proud to work together with our partners at BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York to fight the spread of COVID-19 and provide the supplies area teachers need to continue their extremely important work.”

“As we navigate these uncharted territories, BlueCross BlueShield will continue to find new ways to step in and support the health and safety of our community,” said Julie R. Snyder, Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York. “We recognize the impact that the pandemic is having on schools, and we’re proud to partner with the Buffalo Sabres to help protect our teachers and students so they can continue teaching and learning.”

As part of their ongoing efforts to support the community during the pandemic, BlueCross BlueShield donated $1 million to the WNY COVID-19 Response Fund to address the most critical and immediate community needs. The not-for-profit health plan also recently announced it distributed $2.1 million in relief for nearly 150 local primary care provider (PCP) groups through its COVID-19 Provider Relief Program (PRP). This is in addition to an $80,000 donation to 16 local organizations recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, plus a donation of five tons of food for FeedMore WNY by BlueCross BlueShield employees.

6 NYS-Born Among 53 Players Invited To US Women’s National Team Evaluation Camp

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Highlights from USA vs Finland in game 1 at the Four Nations Cup women's hockey tournament at the Sasktel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on November 6, 2018.
National Sports Center in Blaine, Minnesota, will host event from October 25-31
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey has invited 53 players to its U.S. Women’s National Team Evaluation Camp that will be held from Oct. 25-31 in Blaine, Minnesota, at the National Sports Center. The camp is part of the process in selecting the U.S. Women’s National Team for the 2021 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship set for April 7-17, in Halifax and Truro, Nova Scotia.

“We are excited to get our top players together as we prepare for the upcoming season and head toward the 2022 Olympics,” said Katie Million, director of women’s national team programs for USA Hockey. “We look forward to being in Blaine and ultimately the culmination of this season ahead in the world championship.”

Of the 53 invited players, 17 were part of the gold medal-winning 2019 U.S. Women’s National Team, 14 were members of the 2018 gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic Team, and 31 are current collegiate athletes.

Due to safety protocols, the camp will be closed to the public, including fans, scouts and media.

USA Hockey will host player and staff media availability via Zoom throughout the week. Please submit all media requests to Mae Divinski (mae.divinski@usahockey.org) by October 20, 2020.

NOTES: Bob Corkum (Salisbury, Mass.) is the head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team with Joel Johnson (White Bear Lake, Minn.) and Brian Pothier (New Bedford, Mass.) serving as assistant coaches, and Bri McLaughlin-Bittle (Sheffield Village, Ohio) as goaltending coach … The U.S. has won gold in the last five and eight of the last nine IIHF Women’s World Championships … For more information about the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship, click here.

USA Hockey Hosts 8th Annual Girls Hockey Weekend

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Celebration for girls’ hockey will happen across the U.S. on October 17 and 18
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today that its 8th annual Girls Hockey Weekend will occur Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 17-18). The two-day event is aimed at celebrating girls currently playing hockey, building awareness and growing participation in the sport.USA Hockey will utilize its social media channels to help celebrate Girls Hockey Weekend and encourages fans to join in the conversation using the hashtag #GirlsHockey.

Local associations nationwide will be engaged throughout the weekend in various ways, including hosting Try Hockey for Free events, season kick-off parties, and virtual celebrations.

Girls hockey continues to be one of the fastest-growing youth sports in the United States and overall since 2009, total female participation (including youth and adult players) within USA Hockey has risen to more than 84,000, an increase of 37 percent.

USA Hockey Hosts 8th Annual Girls Hockey Weekend

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Celebration for girls’ hockey will happen across the U.S. on October 17 and 18
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today that its 8th annual Girls Hockey Weekend will occur Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 17-18). The two-day event is aimed at celebrating girls currently playing hockey, building awareness and growing participation in the sport.USA Hockey will utilize its social media channels to help celebrate Girls Hockey Weekend and encourages fans to join in the conversation using the hashtag #GirlsHockey.

Local associations nationwide will be engaged throughout the weekend in various ways, including hosting Try Hockey for Free events, season kick-off parties, and virtual celebrations.

Girls hockey continues to be one of the fastest-growing youth sports in the United States and overall since 2009, total female participation (including youth and adult players) within USA Hockey has risen to more than 84,000, an increase of 37 percent.

Start Of The 2020-21 Atlantic Hockey Season Announced

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Atlantic Hockey has announced that the 2020-21 season will officially begin on the weekend of November 13-14, 2020. The schedule features 24 games and allows for up to 28 games for our member institutions. The season concludes with the Atlantic Hockey Tournament, which will include all 11 teams and be played over three weekends culminating with a return to Buffalo’s LECOM HarborCenter.

“First off, I’m extremely excited to be announcing we have an approved league schedule for the 2020-21 season. It’s been a long process, and involved quite a bit of discussion, but it’s a testament to all those involved that we have managed to get Atlantic Hockey on the ice in 2020-21,” said Commissioner Robert DeGregorio. “We put this schedule together to maximize the student-athlete experience during such uncertain times. We found a way to schedule up to 28 games while maintaining a focus on the health and safety of all parties by reducing travel times and overnight trips as much as we could.”

To mitigate some of the risk factors regarding COVID-19 exposure during travel, Atlantic Hockey has separated the league into eastern and western pods, with Air Force standing alone as the geographic outlier. The eastern pod is made up of AIC, Army, Bentley, Holy Cross, and Sacred Heart. The western pod consists of Canisius, Mercyhurst, Niagara, RIT, and Robert Morris. All teams will play five games against each pod member (20 total games), play Air Force for a pair of games (2) for 22 league games, and then play a two-game set against LIU, who is being worked in as a scheduling partner for the 2020-21 season. Air Force will play each team twice and add in the Sharks for four games, two home and two on the road.

Prior to the possibility of LIU becoming a scheduling partner was even on the league’s radar, it was decided that league standings would be determined by point percentage this season, not by total points or even win percentage. Atlantic Hockey decided to move in this direction for two reasons: 1) unfortunately there is no guarantee each team plays a full league schedule and 2) wins are not valued the same in the 3-on-3 OT model that is now our operating overtime so win percentage, while easier to comprehend, was not viable. With that in place, moving to a schedule where Air Force had 20 league games and all other members had 22 did not impact the ability to make a schedule like this work.

Atlantic Hockey is still working to finalize the return-to-play protocols for the season, but LIU has agreed to abide by all protocols for the 2020-21 season, including testing, screening, sanitization, and other preventative measures outlined in the document.

The full 2020-21 Atlantic Hockey schedule, with scheduled non-conference games, will be released at a later date.