Feb 5, 2021 | NEWS | By Psalm Delaney | Illustration by Patil Khakhamian
Last Friday, the Colorado College Tigers were scheduled to compete at the Broadmoor World Arena against their rivals the Denver University Pioneers for the ‘Denver at Colorado College’ series. However, after a CC student-athlete tested positive for COVID-19 test early last week, the competition was postponed.
Now, after contact-tracing and more COVID testing, around 30 athletes, coaches, and staff members of the CC community are under a 14-day quarantine.
The National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) has not yet announced a make-up date for the competition against DU. However, the conference announced that the West Division will follow an adjusted playing schedule during the first two weeks of February. The ‘Colorado College at Omaha’ series that was previously scheduled for Feb. 4-5 has been postponed until Feb. 12-13.
The CC Tigers are still scheduled to play the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs on Feb. 18. In addition, their next scheduled competition against Denver is planned to take place on Feb. 26 and 27 at Magnus Arena.
This officially marks the team’s second quarantine. On Nov. 18, the college announced a positive test result from one of the players. This provided the CC community and the rest of the NCHC community with a glimpse into how the hockey season would be subject to many unpredictable changes this school year.
The CC athletic community, including Jerry Cross, the Director of Athletic Communications, and Vice President and Director of Athletics Lesley Irvine, are working diligently to ensure the safety of the student-athletes and the CC community.
“We are hopeful we can find a way to make up the loss of any postponed games before the end of regular season,” Cross told the CC COVID-19 Reporting Project.
Though the season has been off to a nontraditional start, the CC community looks forward to the Tigers’ return in two weeks to take on the Bulldogs and the Pioneers.