With Tuesday’s Big Ten decision to cancel fall sports, the clock is ticking for college hockey, a winter sport in name only.
The men’s season begins Oct. 3 — the Gophers are scheduled to host Bemidji State — and concludes April 10. The women’s campaign touches all four seasons, beginning Sept. 19, three days before summer ends, and concluding March 21, the second day of spring.
Gophers men’s coach Bob Motzko is a proponent of beginning the season Thanksgiving weekend, which would allow for a season that is less disrupted and would take advantage of students not being on campus. The University of Minnesota will conclude all in-person instruction by Wednesday, Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving. With few people on campus, the Gophers could be in a bubble of sorts.
“November might be a very positive time for everybody to start looking at because you keep hearing the virus is coming back, and that’s going to bring some unknowns,” Motzko said. “Well, in November [the students] are all going home. All over the country they’re going home, and they’re going to be home for a couple of months.”