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NWHL cancels remainder of season due to rise in COVID-19 cases

Nicole Hensley,Jillian Dempsey
Posted at 3:45 PM, Feb 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-03 15:54:16-05

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — The National Women's Hockey League announced Wednesday that they had canceled their season's remainder due to COVID-19.

The league took to Twitter to explain that the cancelation was due to "new positive COVID-19 tests" and safety concerns for staff, players, and the Lake Placid community.

The cancelation comes on the eve of the semifinals that were scheduled to be televised nationally in the U.S., the Associated Press reported.

The news comes as two teams - The Metropolitan Riveters and the Connecticut Whale - announced their departure from the season due to COVID-19, NBC Sports reported.

Since Minnesota and Connecticut dropped out, NBC Sports reported that had left four teams to compete for the Isobel Cup.

According to The AP, the league had hoped that playing in a bubble and relying on saliva testing developed by Yale University would have allowed the teams to finish the season in Lake Placid.