COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Western Collegiate Hockey Association announced today the first half of its 2020-21 schedule. Ohio State will open the season at Minnesota Nov. 21-22 before returning home for series’ vs. Wisconsin Nov. 27-28 and Minnesota Dec. 11-12. The Buckeyes will close out the 2020 calendar year with a series at Wisconsin Dec. 18-19.
WCHA schools will play eight league games from November 20 to December 19 before breaking for the holidays. League play will resume as early as Jan. 1. The post-holiday schedule will be released in the coming weeks.
“We look forward to dropping the puck on our season later this month,” WCHA Women’s League Commissioner Jennifer Flowers said. “One of our primary goals throughout our return to competition discussions has been to provide our student-athletes the opportunity to compete safely in a meaningful season. We are pleased to have determined a path that allows that to happen. We continue to navigate the ever-changing landscape and remain committed to playing as complete a schedule as possible.”
WCHA officials and member institution administrators are finalizing Return to Competition protocols that will be implemented immediately upon approval. The protocols, along with state, local and university safety guidelines, will be in force at all WCHA arenas throughout the 2020-21 season.
Attendance at hockey games this year is still being evaluated. The health and safety of our student-athletes, spectators and event staff is our top priority and additional details regarding fan attendance will be communicated in the near future.
“I want to commend our administrators, coaches and league staff for the work they’ve put in to building our Return to Competition plan,” Flowers added. “We’ve engaged in several months of in-depth discussions as we worked through the challenges presented by the pandemic to craft a plan that addresses the health and safety of all.”
The remainder of the WCHA league schedule, along with the format for the 2021 Final Faceoff, will be released at a later date.