Albie O’Connell got the call just before his Boston University men’s hockey team got on the bus and hit the streets for his season opener at UConn

Someone on the team had tested positive for COVID-19 The trip was over and the BU administration was taking a break for the terriers

On Friday night, more than a month later, BU will be the last Division I men’s team to begin its season with a visit to Providence.The game will take place at the Walter Brown Arena as the team’s regular home, the Agganis Arena when COVID-19 proving ground was repurposed on campus

As with other sports, there will surely be huge differences in the number of games played this season, due to design or due to virus outbreaks.Some teams have already played a dozen and many do not play non-conference games.These factors are messing up metrics used to determine the 10 total points in the 16-team NCAA tournament

Rather than relying on the objectivity of the Pairwise computerized leaderboard, the Division I ice hockey committee members have to go old school and share them with one another

“It will undoubtedly be an asterisk in college hockey,” said committee chairman Mike Kemp

The Boston University League, Hockey East, has released press releases announcing schedule changes 19 times in the past 48 days The Big Ten teams will play a 24-game conference schedule plus four additional games per school against the Arizona state Sun Devils are independent and, as a one-year Big Ten affiliate, had to agree to play all 28 games on the street

In the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, Northern Michigan has played six games and postponed or canceled eight games

At the Eastern College Athletic Conference, the six Ivy League members, along with Union College and RPI, signed out for the season that leaves Clarkson, Colgate, St Lawrence and Quinnipiac

At the National Collegiate Hockey Conference last month, eight teams gathered for 21 days in Omaha, Nebraska.All players, staff and officials had to stay in what is known as the pod, which means in the Baxter Arena and their nearby hotel COVID became regular -19 tests were conducted and other precautions taken, and all 38 scheduled games were played

“I can tell you that the cost of both hosting and traveling was significant but was fully supported by our membership to start the competition in a safe environment,” said NCHC Commissioner Josh Fenton in an E -Mail “Each institution pays its own travel expenses and the conference pays the administrative expenses for hosting the Pod”

Once the teams broke up, the reality of COVID-19 returned. Omaha have played four straight games against North Dakota that were canceled due to a virus outbreak at the Mavericks

The situation in Division I women’s hockey is similar St. Lawrence has yet to play Top-ranked Wisconsin had recently canceled four games in a row No 3 Northeastern had canceled games against Holy Cross three days after their scheduled deadline

Hockey Teams Make Other Adjustments Some programs use two locker rooms instead of one to create social distance and players are encouraged to shower at home after training and games

Face covers are mostly compulsory. Players do not need to wear face covers on the bench despite sitting shoulder to shoulder, but coaches, sports coaches and equipment managers must

Boston University caught their eye this week when their men’s basketball team wore face covers on the court against Holy Cross BU administration policies require face covers at all times, which means the terriers wear them even on the ice also for Providence as the policy covers campus visitors, the terriers are also required to wear face coverings on the ice during street games, although the host team does not

Due to the virus outbreak, academic schedule, and university policy requiring isolation upon return to campus, 36 days had passed since the Terriers trained as a full team on Monday

“Every time you put the jersey on we want to win,” he said, “Will we have the best legs? I don’t know. We didn’t play legitimately for almost a year ”

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