Minnesota Duluth announced on Tuesday that the 2020 Icebreaker Tournament, scheduled to be held at Amsoil Arena this October, has officially been postponed until next season.
The tournament was scheduled to be played October 9-10 in Duluth with Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota, Minnesota State, and Providence participating in the two-day tournament. Minnesota Duluth will now host the 2021 Icebreaker, though not necessarily with the same other three teams participating.
In the school’s press release, UMD athletic director Josh Berlo said: ““Considering the latest information and expert analysis, we have decided at this time to postpone the Ice Breaker Tournament. Ultimately, the health and well-being of our student-athletes as well as the local community led us to this decision. We hope this postponement puts us in the best position to safely host the Ice Breaker Tournament at some later date.”
Obviously this a bad sign for the college hockey season, not just because it is games being canceled, but because it is games involving local teams being canceled. While Providence would obviously have to fly in to Duluth, travel isn’t a concern for the other three teams.
The Icebreaker Tournament games are exempt from the maximum number of games NCAA teams are allowed to play, so it’s unlikely teams will attempt to re-schedule these games, except possibly Minnesota State, who is still well under their maximum thanks to two trips to Alaska this season(again, assuming those happen).
It’s disappointing to lose what should have been some very good hockey games early in the season, but this is unlikely to be the last of these types of cancellations as we get closer to the fall.