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'College ice hockey in the United States is in a tough position at the moment after their end-of-season play-offs were cancelled due to Covid-19' (stock photo)

'College ice hockey in the United States is in a tough position at the moment after their end-of-season play-offs were cancelled due to Covid-19' (stock photo)

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'College ice hockey in the United States is in a tough position at the moment after their end-of-season play-offs were cancelled due to Covid-19' (stock photo)

Organisers of US college ice hockey tournament the Friendship Four, which is held annually in Belfast, met with the competing teams yesterday to discuss this year's event amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Representatives from competing colleges Army West Point, Mercyhurst, Quinnipiac and Sacred Heart met with tournament officials via video link to check in and assess the situation ahead of this year's tournament.

The 2020 edition, due to be the sixth running of the event, is scheduled for November 27-28 at the SSE Arena. However, like all events right now, organisers are considering all options in light of the pandemic.

The Belfast Telegraph understands that no decision was made on whether or not the tournament will go ahead this year at yesterday's meeting, with all parties still eager for it to be played if possible.

However, organisers and the colleges have agreed to review the situation on a regular basis as it progresses.

College ice hockey in the United States is in a tough position at the moment after their end-of-season play-offs were cancelled due to Covid-19, and next campaign could be shortened should restrictions be maintained into September and beyond, which may prevent any travel outside of North America.

The Friendship Four is also in a unique situation as it is the only college ice hockey tournament to be held outside of the USA, and if travel bans are still in place, it could throw an additional obstacle in the way of this year's event going ahead.

Belfast Telegraph