Tuesday, December 1, 2020

AUS Axes Season

The news all of us dreaded was confirmed late last week as the AUS announced the cancellation of conference-sanctioned regular seasons and postseasons for the 2021 winter semester, following in the footsteps of the OUA and Canada West. 

Given how well Atlantic Canada was handling the COVID-19 pandemic there was optimism we would see a condensed regular season followed by conference playoffs in the new year. Unfortunately, the decision on whether to proceed with a season or not had to be made just as coronavirus cases spiked across the region, effectively squashing any hope of a season. 

There was a sliver of good news, though, as the AUS has stated that member schools will be allowed to engage in competition (ie/ exhibition games) as long as they follow the most up-to-date public health directives. In Bruce Hallihan's recent chat with Gardiner MacDougall, the head coach said "some coaches have reached out" so it appears some conversations have already taken place about the possibility of having games in the new year. 

At this point any kind of competition, even exhibition games, would be welcome. Hopefully it comes to fruition.