National Women’s Hockey League shuts down over COVID-19 cases

The National Women’s Hockey League announced Wednesday that it is shutting down on the eve of its playoffs because of a rise in COVID-19 cases.

The one-game semifinals were to have been held on Thursday and broadcast on NBCSN.

“The NWHL and the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) have agreed, due to new positive COVID-19 tests and the resulting safety concerns for the players, their respective staff & the community that the remainder of the 2021 NWHL Season in Lake Placid have been suspended,” the league said in a statement.

The six-team league had begun playing in a bubble environment at Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, New York, on Jan. 23.

But the Metropolitan Riveters had pulled out of the league on Jan. 28 after several members of the organization had tested positive. The Connecticut Whale withdrew Monday but didn’t cite a reason.

The Buffalo Beauts and Boston Pride play at Herb Brooks Arena on Monday.

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