NWHL to resume Isobel Cup playoffs in March after COVID-19 postponement

LAKE PLACID, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 03: A view of NWHL signage outside of Herb Brooks Arena after it was announced that the NWHL suspended its season due to COVID-19 on February 03, 2021 in Lake Placid, New York. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
The National Women's Hockey League (NWHL) will resume the Isobel Cup Playoffs later this month. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) (Getty Images)

The National Women's Hockey League (NWHL) announced that it will resume the Isobel Cup playoffs on March 26-27 in Brighton, Massachusetts.

The 2021 season was suspended one day before the Isobel Cup was slated to begin on Feb. 4 due to positive COVID-19 cases within the league's bubble in Lake Placid, New York.

“International Women’s Day is the perfect time to promote our athletes who will have the platform to make ‘HERstory’ by finishing what they started in a safe environment,” NWHL commissioner Tyler Tumminia said. “It means a great deal to our athletes to have the opportunity to compete to lift the Isobel Cup and to be supported by partners who are committed to growing the women’s game."

"We extend our appreciation to the Boston Bruins, NBCSN, Twitch, and our sponsors – especially Discover – for making this possible. Hockey fans will be inspired by the skill and dedication of our athletes, but we’re all especially excited about the message this sends to the young girls and boys who will be watching.”

The No. 1 seed Toronto Six will face off against the No. 4 seed Boston Pride, while the No. 2 Minnesota Whitecaps will play the No. 3 seed Connecticut Whale in a single-game elimination semifinals on March 26, with the winners advancing to the final on March 27. Minnesota enters as the defending champions after winning in 2019, with no trophy awarded in 2020 due to COVID-19.

No fans will be in attendance, while players and staff will be subject to daily COVID-19 testing.

This is a great development for the NWHL and for fans of the game who are actively waiting to see who will lift the Isobel Cup.

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