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Colorado Prep Hockey League organizers push pause on season

By SportsEngine staff, 11/13/20, 3:45PM MST

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Hub exclusive: The CPHL halted play after Colorado's COVID-19 status moved to a high-risk level and guidelines prevent games.

Organizers of the Colorado Prep Hockey League recently pushed paused on the season after local health departments updated Colorado's COVID-19 status to Level Orange, or High Risk, in multiple counties. Safer-at-Home guidelines for Level Orange state "organized recreational youth or adult league sports are not authorized for indoor settings."

The decision to postpone games was announced Nov. 10 in an email to team coaches. No CPHL games will be played from Nov. 11 through Thanksgiving weekend per the guidelines.  

"Under the Orange - Level 3 guidelines, there is a maximum of 25 skaters allowed on the ice, excluding coaches. Adult and youth recreational and league games are not permitted under these guidelines," according to the email sent to coaches. 

The Colorado Ice Hockey Referee Association also suspended assigning officials for adult and youth hockey games beginning on Nov. 10. In a release from CIHRA President Bob Keltie, the organization cited protecting officials and players as the reason for its decision.

"The health and safety of our officials and all ice hockey players in Colorado as the number one concern, and CIHRA will adhere to those requirements set for by the State, as well as any local city and county specific requirements," according to the release.

The CIHRA also encouraged ice rink and hockey association staff to schedule games once state, county and city government guidelines permit recreational sports to restart.

CPHL organizers are working through options for restarting the league this season, including holding playoffs. However, no specific plans are in place at this time.

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