On Thursday, the Hockey Commissioners Association (HCA) announced that the start of the 2020-21 season will be delayed due to the impact of COVID-19.
The Chicago Blackhawks have six prospects hoping to play college hockey in the coming season: Jake Wise and Alex Vlasic (Boston University – Hockey East), Dominic Basse and Josiah Slavin (Colorado College – NCHC), Slava Demin (Denver – NCHC) and Joshua Ess (Wisconsin – Big Ten).
The HCA represents the 11 Division I men’s and women’s hockey conferences.
The HCA’s statement reads:
“The eleven Division I men’s and women’s ice hockey conferences, represented by the Hockey Commissioners Association (HCA), are committed to providing memorable competitive experiences for our student-athletes during the upcoming season. The conferences have been working together on plans to return with a focus on the health and safety of everyone associated with our campus communities. Due to the impact COVID-19 continues to have across the country and within higher education, the start of competition for the Division I college hockey season will be delayed. Each conference will announce details on game schedules, including the start dates, individually. We look forward to our players and fans enjoying the college hockey experience this season.”