The start of the 2020-21 college hockey season was delayed about a month and a half due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Nine of 61 men's teams have opted out: Eastern College Athletic Conference members Cornell, Yale, Harvard, Dartmouth, Princeton, Brown, Union and RPI and Western Collegiate Hockey Conference member Alaska Anchorage.

Here's a running list of cancelations and changes to the schedule due to COVID-19.


9th -- RIT initially announced it will be the first men's college hockey program to opt out of the 2020-21 season, but eight days later, the school reversed course and said it will go ahead with the season.

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12th -- The Ivy League announced it will not play winter sports. The hockey-playing Ivy League schools are Cornell, Yale, Harvard, Dartmouth, Princeton and Brown.

13th -- Alaska Anchorage announced it won't compete during the 2020-21 season. The Seawolves previously announced they will discontinue hockey after 2020-21. Barring any changes, Alaska Anchorage has played its final hockey game.

13th -- Army postponed a Nov. 14 game against Long Island University and a Nov. 20 game against Holy Cross due to COVID-19 positive tests and contact tracing.

15th -- Vermont announced it won't play any games before Dec. 18, wiping out its first eight men's games of the season. The Catamounts were scheduled to play two-game series against UConn (Nov. 20-21), UMass (Nov. 27-28), Boston University (Dec. 4-5) and UMass Lowell (Dec. 12-13) during that timeframe.

16th -- T.D. Garden announced the Beanpot Tournament, the annual showdown between Boston University, Boston College, Harvard and Northeastern, will not be held in 2021. The event, featuring the four Boston-area schools, is normally held on consecutive Mondays in February.

16th -- RPI announced it won't play men's hockey during the 2020-21 season, becoming the eighth men's team to opt out and the seventh ECAC team.

17th -- Union announced it won't play during the 2020-21 season, becoming the ninth men's team to opt out and the eighth ECAC team.

17th -- Sacred Heart announced its first four games are postponed because of COVID-19 cases and contact tracing on the team. The postponed games are at American International (Nov. 21), at Quinnipiac (Nov. 24), home against Army (Nov. 27) and at Army (Nov. 28).

18th -- Maine announced its weekend series against UMass (Nov. 20-21) will no longer be played as scheduled. Because of that change, Hockey East announced UMass will instead play UConn over those dates.

19th -- St. Lawrence announced it will not play its weekend series against Niagara (Nov. 20, Nov. 22) due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the athletic department.

20th -- Boston College and New Hampshire's season-opening series (Nov. 20-21) is wiped out.

22nd -- Canisius moved its Nov. 28 game against Robert Morris from Buffalo to Pittsburgh, because of coronavirus measures in Buffalo.

22nd -- Quinnipiac rescheduled one game and canceled two games due to two positive coronavirus tests within the team. The Bobcats moved Tuesday's game (Nov. 24) against American International to Dec. 26. It also called off a Nov. 27 game against Long Island University and a No. 29 game against Clarkson.

23rd -- Less than 24 hours after Minnesota State-Mankato beat Bemidji State in the series opener, the schools announced that the series finale (Nov. 23) would not be played because of positive COVID-19 tests within the MSU-Mankato team. According to an MSU-Mankato statement: "A complement of tests guided by NCAA Sports Science Institute, Minnesota Department of Health, and Western Collegiate Hockey Association Return to Competition protocols that were administered prior to Sunday's contest between the two teams had produced no positive results prior to game time."

23rd -- St. Lawrence wiped four more games off its schedule due to COVID-19. Games against Clarkson scheduled for Dec. 5, Dec. 12, Dec. 16 and Dec. 19 were called off. St. Lawrence previously canceled two games against Niagara and no longer has any games scheduled before January.

23rd -- Northern Michigan called off six games due to COVID-19 testing results. The games affected are against Lake Superior State (Nov. 25, Dec. 2), Michigan Tech (Nov. 27-28) and Bemidji State (Dec. 4-5). The Dec. 2 game against the Lakers is a conference game and will be made up at a later date.

24th -- MSU-Mankato announced its upcoming weekend games against Bemidji State (Nov. 27-28), scheduled to be played in Mankato, Minn., are canceled.

24th -- Niagara announced its weekend series against RIT (Nov. 27-28) will be pushed back to Dec. 5-6 due to COVID-19 protocol.

24th -- Northeastern announced it is shutting down all winter sports, including men's hockey, until Dec. 18, because of a COVID-19 outbreak within the athletic department. Six games will be called off or postponed, including contests against UMass Lowell (Nov. 27-28), Providence (Dec. 4-5) and Merrimack (Dec. 12-13).

24th -- Maine announced it is shutting down all winter sports, including men's hockey, until Dec. 8 because of positive COVID-19 tests within the athletic department. Maine, which previously called off a two-game series against UMass, now has canceled a two-game series against UConn (Nov. 28-29) and Merrimack (Dec. 4-5).

25th -- Ferris State called off its weekend series against Lake Superior State (Nov. 27, Nov. 29) due to positive COVID-19 tests within the program.

27th -- Bentley called off its weekend home-and-home series (Nov. 28-29) against Holy Cross due to a close contact.

27th -- The NCHC made rescheduled two Colorado College games and postponed two due to CC's quarantine period ahead of the NCHC Pod in Omaha. The Tigers were originally supposed to play on Dec. 1, but will be in quarantine until that date due to a positive test within the team. The Tigers will now open the season Dec. 9.

27th -- UMass Lowell and Providence, who both previously had games wiped out this weekend, scheduled a game for Saturday (Nov. 28), but it has now been canceled.

Teams not playing in 2020-21

Yale (ECAC)

Princeton (ECAC)

Harvard (ECAC)

Cornell (ECAC)

Dartmouth (ECAC)

Brown (ECAC)


Union (ECAC)

Alaska Anchorage (WCHA)