COVID-19 cases affect end of regular season for zone hockey teams
Positive cases of COVID-19 have prompted several teams in the high school hockey community to interrupt their seasons as the playoffs approach.
Four zone teams – Northville, Livonia Stevenson, Milford and Salem – have been sidelined this month due to cases of COVID-19 or close contact with the coronavirus.
On March 2, Northville sent a letter to parents saying the school had eight confirmed cases of COVID-19. According to the Northville Public Schools Transparency Report, 26 players and coaches were considered to be in close contact with the confirmed cases, leading to a full quarantine of the team.
The Mustangs had called off their March 2 game against Brighton to begin their 14-day quarantine period.
According to the Northville Public Schools Transparency Report, the Northville Sports Department has asked three teams to report quarantines for the entire team since March 2. Nineteen of the 26 positive cases reported in the school district have been associated with a sports team since the beginning of March.
According to a statement released by the district, all spring sports conditioning and training has been suspended for two weeks due to an increase in the number of cases.
“Not only do we hope this action will protect students from exposure and the resulting positive COVID-19 cases, but it will give our programs the best chance of being able to function at the start of the season by giving the epidemic a helping hand. current opportunity to dissipate in these. programs, ”the statement read. “The NPS athletic director worked with each spring athletic coach (s) to create plans for the students to support their continued training outside of the group.
The Mustangs hockey team is set to face Adrian in the district’s first round on March 15.
On February 27, Northville played a day-night doubles match against Livonia Stevenson and Milford. Both teams were forced to quarantine off the ice due to contact tracing.
The Spartans, who played three games the week of March 1 before discovering close contact with Northville on Friday, have lost their last three games of the regular season, including the KLAA title game against Hartland, in which Stevenson was replaced by Novi.
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Since discovering close contact on March 5, Stevenson head coach David Mitchell has said there have been no confirmed cases in his team, who are set to return to the ice on March 14. , five days before his district semifinal game against Allen Park Cabrini.
“The kids are a little numb from this,” Mitchell said. “They just go with that. It’s not the first time it’s happened with a break, but it’s obviously different because it just affects our team.”
Milford, who discovered close contact with Northville on March 1, has not played a hockey game since February 28, missing three scheduled games, according to athletic director Jim Marszalek.
The Mavericks are scheduled to return to the ice on March 9 against Walled Lake Western.
Livonia Churchill, who faced Stevenson on March 3 before knowing about close contact with Northville, and South Lyon Unified, who faced Milford on February 28, each confirmed they had no cases of COVID-19 in their schedules . County guidelines do not require Churchill or South Lyon to self-quarantine.
The Salem hockey team also canceled the remainder of their regular season before the playoffs started.
For the last time against Stevenson on March 2, the Rocks are expected to miss their remaining games from March 3 to 12 before facing Dearborn Unified in the first round of the playoffs on March 15.
The Salem Sports Department would not comment on details in terms of COVID-19 in its hockey schedule, saying: “There really is nothing to say other than COVID quarantines are hitting many teams and sports across the board. state at this point.
This month, Salem High School reported five student cases of COVID-19, according to the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools Transparency Report. The district’s online report does not indicate whether the cases are athletic-related.