The National Collegiate Hockey Conference unveiled plans to play the 2020-21 season with a 26-game conference schedule and two-part format, which features a centralized location — Omaha, Neb. — for all NCHC games to start the season.
The NCHC has divided its eight teams into two divisions based on geography. The East consists of Miami, Minnesota Duluth, St. Cloud State and Western Michigan. The West features Colorado College, Denver, North Dakota and Omaha.
Complete conference schedules for each team, plus a return-to-play protocol and overall COVID-19 testing plans, will be released in the coming weeks, the league said. No changes are planned for the 2021 NCHC Tournament.
Beginning Dec. 1, teams will play each divisional opponent six times (18 games total) and each cross-division opponent twice (eight games total), with all cross-division games taking place in Omaha to alleviate travel. The second portion of the season will then begin in January, with all divisional foes playing each other at home and on the road.
“Throughout the past eight months we have learned to adjust and think creatively about how we live our personal and professional lives,” NCHC Commissioner Josh Fenton said in a news release. “I’m proud of our membership for their entrepreneurial spirit to build a concept grounded in health and safety that we believe gives a group of deserving student-athletes the best opportunity to conduct a successful season.”
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