MASON CITY, Iowa – The North American Tier 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) has announced the suspension of all competition, including Fraser Cup playoff competition, until further notice due to concerns over COVID-19, or the “Coronavirus.”
“This is an unprecedented time and situation, so first and foremost we want to be sure we are doing what is best for our players, teams, fans, and officials,” said North American Hockey League commissioner Mark Frankenfeld. “In the past 24 hours, it became clear that we needed to follow a path that was consistent with what has transpired in the hockey world, particularly with our partners at USA Hockey, the NCAA, the NHL, and USHL.”
“We will continue to monitor the situation daily with everyone involved and we understand that given the current landscape, things could change at any moment. Our number one goal is to resume play as soon as possible, but only when we feel it is safe for all of the parties involved. We are currently speaking with the NA3HL members and leadership to determine a further course of action.”
“While public safety remains at the forefront and takes precedent in this situation, we are also mindful of the opportunity that will hopefully be presented to all of our athletes during these important events in the near future.”
This means that North Iowa’s Fraser Cup playoff schedule is currently uncertain, including this weekend’s West Division semifinal games against the Alexandria Blizzard. The North Iowa Bulls are reviewing options for ticket exchanges or possible refunds after more information is made available on game postponements by league officials.
“The health and welfare of our team, staff and fans are very important to us,” said North Iowa Bulls director of business operations Kathee Corsello. ” We realize the pause in our play off schedule is hard on everyone, but the welfare of all must take priority.”