N.H. Gov. Chris Sununu joined New England’s different 5 governors Thursday in suspending interstate youth hockey competitions by means of no less than the tip of the yr.
The choice got here in response to COVID-19 instances related to youth hockey groups touring throughout state traces, in line with an announcement from Sununu’s workplace.
The suspension begins Saturday and applies to public colleges, personal colleges and different groups taking part in in youth hockey competitions.
“Given the assist for this settlement from our regional neighbors, New Hampshire made the sensible determination to affix this effort,” Sununu stated in an announcement Thursday. “We stay optimistic that our newly issued Hockey and Ice Enviornment steering will proceed to make sure a secure and profitable hockey season for New Hampshire hockey gamers.”
Final month, Sununu ordered ice rinks to shut after COVID-19 instances amongst hockey gamers, earlier than permitting them to reopen Oct. 30 with new security pointers.
Sununu stated Thursday’s announcement doesn’t cease groups from competing inside New Hampshire.
“This doesn’t pause hockey — it pauses crossing the border for video games,” he stated.
Keene Excessive’s athletic director Mike Atkins stated though the consequences are nonetheless unknown, he suspects the one video games on the Keene ice hockey groups schedules that may be affected are any competitions towards Brattleboro Union Excessive Faculty in Vermont.