BEMIDJI, Minn. – Following the lead of the NCAA as well as the recommendation of local and state health officials regarding COVID-19, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association has cancelled the remainder of the 2019-20 season, which includes the WCHA Playoff semifinal best-of-three series between Bemidji State University and Bowling Green State University originally scheduled for Sanford Center March 13-15.
“In light of the current health issue gripping the nation, we are cancelling the remainder of the WCHA Postseason.” WCHA President and Men’s League Commissioner Bill Robertson said. “The health and safety of our student-athletes as well as our coaches, officials, fans, institutional and league staff is our top priority. Over the last several days we have discussed options for continuing the competition but at the end of the day, we felt it was best for all concerned to end the season immediately.”
Fans who purchased tickets for any of the WCHA Playoff semifinal games in Bemidji, Minn. will be able to obtain ticket refunds. Those who made a purchase using a credit card, either online through Ticketmaster or at the Sanford Center box office, will automatically see a refund within 3-5 business days. Fans who purchased tickets using cash, should bring tickets back to the box office for a full refund by March 18 at 5 p.m.
All decisions have been made in an attempt ensure the safety of student-athletes, coaches, administrators, fans and media. BSU, in consultation with Minnesota State colleges and universities system, the NSIC and WCHA, will continue to monitor all relevant information regarding COVID-19 to make any further decisions regarding future athletic events.
Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).