The Michigan hockey team is withdrawing from the NCAA Tournament due to multiple positive COVID-19 tests.
The news comes just before the team’s game against Minnesota Duluth, which was supposed to take place this afternoon.
“I’m devastated for these players. These student-athletes have done a wonderful job all year of making sacrifices to get to this point of the year,” head coach Mel Pearson said in a press statement.
“It’s unfortunate. I don’t completely understand the final decision but I have to respect it,” he added. “They’ve given so much and to get this opportunity taken away from them, it’s hard to swallow. I know it’s just a game, but it’s extremely important to these young men. It’s two years in a row now we’ve been denied an opportunity to compete in the national championship. It has quite sunk in yet.”
Notre Dame also had to leave the tournament.