The Metropolitan Riveters are pulling out of the National Women's Hockey League's Lake Placid tournament due to health and safety concerns related to COVID-19.
The NWHL said Thursday that several members of the organization tested positive for COVID-19 and that the decision to withdraw the Riveters was in keeping with medical protocols established for the Lake Placid tournament. The Riveters and health officials have collaborated to bring every member of the team home in a way that ensures the safety for all parties.
"Our team is heartbroken to not have the chance to compete for the Isobel Cup, but we are aligned with the League in prioritizing the well-being of all of the players and staff," Riveters coach Ivo Mocek said in a statement. "We wish the best to our respected opponents, and I assure you that the Metropolitan Riveters will be back to compete again in Season 7 for our fans and all of our amazing supporters."
The Riveters were removed from a scheduled game Wednesday night against the Buffalo Beauts, with the Toronto Six taking their place. The Riveters had been scheduled to play Buffalo on Thursday night.
The NWHL is holding its 2020-21 regular season and postseason in Lake Placid due to concerns about COVID-19. Games are held inside an empty arena. The remaining five teams are taking part in a round-robin before the playoffs, with the Isobel Cup final scheduled for Feb. 5.