Hockey East, other college hockey tournaments canceled

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By WEEI 93.7

Thursday has seen a wave of college basketball conference tournaments canceled due to coronavirus, and now the same is happening in college hockey.

Hockey East, the ECAC, Atlantic Hockey, the NCHC and the WCHA have all announced that the remainder of their conference tournaments have been canceled. The Big Ten is the only college hockey conference that hasn't officially canceled its tournament, but an announcement to that effect is reportedly expected at some point Thursday.

Most schools that were hosting games this weekend had previously announced that they would play without fans in attendance, and a few, including Harvard, had pulled their teams off the ice even before the conferences had made any decisions.

Most conferences, including Hockey East and the ECAC, were set to play the quarterfinals of their tournaments this weekend, with semifinals and championship games next weekend.

Just like with basketball, it's currently unclear if the NCAA tournament, which is scheduled to begin on March 27, will still be played. The NCAA announced on Wednesday that all NCAA tournaments, including basketball and hockey, would be played in empty arenas.

The news comes the same day that the NHL announced it is suspending its season until further notice.