Courtesy of RITAthletics.com
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – RIT and Atlantic Hockey announced Thursday when the 2020-21 men’s hockey season will begin. Atlantic Hockey Commissioner Bob DeGrgegorio announced teams can begin regular-season play on the weekend of November 12-13.
“The Atlantic Hockey Association along with the league members have worked tirelessly to put in place a plan that will support a representative league schedule and safety protocols that will allow us to provide our student-athletes a safe and meaningful college hockey experience,” said RIT Executive Director of Athletics, Lou Spiotti. “I applaud Commissioner DeGregorio and the league partners for their efforts.”
Teams in Atlantic Hockey will play a 24-game league approved schedule with 22 conference games. The league will split into two geographic pods with the Tigers competing in the West pod with Canisius, Mercyhurst, Niagara and Robert Morris. The East pod will consist of Army, American International, Bentley, Holy Cross and Sacred Heart. Each team will play two games against Air Force and Long Island University. LIU is being worked in as a scheduling partner for the 2020-21 season, but will not count towards conference standings.
“After a lot of work behind the scenes from our league office and our administration we are very excited about playing hockey again,” said RIT head coach Wayne Wilson. “Our institution has provided our players with a safe environment to compete and play for a championship. We are grateful for all the work countless people have done, and we hope to make them proud as we begin our journey towards winning a championship and an NCAA tournament bid.”
The full 2020-21 Atlantic Hockey schedule, with scheduled non-conference games, will be released at a later date. Check back at www.ritathletics.com for updates on the 2020-21 schedule when it is officially released.