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Ice hockey practices to start in mid-January for upcoming CHSAA season

By Paul Patane, SportsEngine, 12/23/20, 4:45PM MST


Hub exclusive: All B season sports, which includes ice hockey, have been approved to allow teams to start practicing on Jan. 18 with games beginning later in the month.

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Players, coaches and fans are getting prep hockey back a little sooner than expected this winter.

Practices for teams taking part in the forthcoming Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) ice hockey season can begin on Jan. 18, 2021, according to CHSAA organizers and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

The decision to revise and move up the start of the B sports season was announced Monday, following discussions between CHSAA organizers and state officials to talk timelines and variance approvals, including how many people are to be allowed inside venues with regard to state guidance set as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of the B sports season — along with basketball, wrestling, skiing, spirit, and girls’ swimming and diving — ice hockey games will be able to take place as soon as Jan. 25, assuming no further updates are made to the CHSAA calendar. Ice hockey games were previously expected to be played beginning on or around Feb. 1. The move gives teams the opportunity to play an extra week's worth of matchups compared to what CHSAA officials indicated earlier this month.

CHSAA organizers will meet with athletic directors and coaches virtually on Jan. 4 for the first of multiple sessions to discuss further details.

Stay up to date on CHSAA ice hockey throughout the season by visiting the Colorado Hockey Hub, where you can find scores, schedules, stats, stories and more for every varsity and junior varsity team. A CO Hockey Hub membership is required to access all the information, and registering to become a member is quick, easy and free: Just click the link below, provide your name, a valid email address and few details about your interest in hockey. You will soon be enjoying all of the membership benefits, including access to "Extra" stories and "Hub" pages containing stats, scores and more.

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