NWHL to resume playoffs after COVID-19 pause

Jul 14, 2020; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; A view of a St. Louis Blues players hockey stick and puck during a NHL workout at Centene Community Ice Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The National Women’s Hockey League will resume its 2021 playoffs, nearly two months after suspending them amid COVID-19 concerns.

The league announced Monday that the completion of the Isobel Cup Playoffs will take place March 26-27 at Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton, Mass., with enhanced health and safety protocols and enforcement.

The six-team league set out in January to play just a two-week season in a bubble with games at the iconic Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, N.Y. But with positive COVID-19 tests and worries about the health and safety of players and staff, the league stopped the games on Feb. 3 — a day before the playoffs were to begin.

Under the new schedule, the top-seeded Toronto Six will play the Boston Pride in the first semifinal game on March 26, followed by the second semifinal between the Minnesota Whitecaps and Connecticut Whale.

The games will be televised by NBC Sports Network and become the first women’s professional hockey games to air on a major national cable network in the U.S.

No fans will be in attendance at Warrior Ice Arena, which is the Boston Bruins training facility.

–Field Level Media