The University of Wisconsin-Superior men's and women's hockey teams will join the rest of Yellowjacket athletics in suspending competition through the rest of 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.
The move comes after the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, of which UWS is an affiliate member of for hockey, announced it was suspending all winter sports competition through Dec. 31, 2020.
The Yellowjackets' other winter sports, which includes indoor track and field and basketball, play in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference, which back on Sept. 1 announced it was suspending all conference competition until 2021. The university announced then it would not seek any nonconference competition during the fall semester.
In addition to the WIAC, the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association and Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference — the current and future hockey homes of St. Scholastica, respectively — have suspended conference play through Dec. 31. While the NCHA did give its members the option of playing nonconference games during the fall semester, there are now no other NCAA Division III teams playing in the Midwest until Jan. 1.
Earlier this month, the 11 NCAA Division I men's and women's hockey conferences announced they would also be delaying the start of their seasons, however, no dates have been set.