TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — RPI men’s and women’s hockey will not compete during the 2020-21 academic year. The school made the announcement Monday afternoon.
In a statement the Director of Athletics Lee McElroy said,
“As we navigate the global pandemic, we must make every effort to protect the health, safety, and well-being of the Institute community, and unfortunately, cancelling the hockey seasons is prudent as we attempt to achieve that objective,” said Dr. Lee McElroy, Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics. “It was a very difficult decision, and we share with our student-athletes and their families the disappointment and uncertainty that comes with this news. The administration will continue to offer support and guidance in every way we can to those affected.”
The players were informed of the decision this afternoon, Head Coach Dave Smith said there was nothing easy about this,
“This is a once in a generation event that we’re in the middle of so everything is hard the answer is everything is hard and it’s our job to help these guys through this challenge right now.”
The seniors will receive a blanket waiver for an extra year of eligibility.