In a joint release issued late Thursday night, the University of Prince Edward Island and U SPORTS, the governing body for university sport in Canada, announced the cancellation of the 2020 U SPORTS Women's Hockey Championship. READ THE OFFICIAL STATEMENT
The decision was prompted by Hockey Canada, which announced earlier that all sanctioned hockey activities were being cancelled effective March 13. The U SPORTS University Cup, the men's championship taking place in Halifax, was also cancelled.
Event convenor and UPEI's Director of Athletics and Recreation Chris Huggan said, "On behalf UPEI, we are so disappointed that the participating teams will not have the opportunity to complete the 2020 Women's championship, but we understand the reasoning behind this heart wrenching decision.
He added, "I want to extend my thanks to all of our fans, volunteers, and sponsors who supported us throughout the season and for this event. We are saddened that our own UPEI Panthers didn't get an opportunity to play on this national stage, but know this decision was made with the best interest of all participants in mind."
For fans who have purchased tickets, information about full refunds will issued in the coming days.