Alaska Anchorage became the eighth school to cancel their 2020-2021 season on Friday when the university announced that they would not play indoor winter sports this year, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and the cost factors associated with it.
This may be the sad end to Alaska Anchorage’s hockey program entirely. In mid-August, the school announced that this season would be their last due to budget restrictions. There has been some effort to raise money locally to continue to support the program, though not nearly enough to keep the program operational, and with the school set to be without a conference next season, there appears to be little path for them to move forwards.
While this blows a bit of a hole in the WCHA’s schedule plans, it does limit travel a bit for the league in a year which teams are going to struggle financially.
Alaska Anchorage joins RIT, and the six members of the Ivy League in cancelling their season so far. Meanwhile, Long Island University’s inaugural game against Army scheduled for this weekend has been postponed, and a season-opening series between Minnesota State and Bemidji State scheduled for next week had to be pushed back two days.