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Winter Sports May Begin With Practices January 19, Games Starting February 1



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Connecticut’s high school winter sports season for most teams seems destined to get going with practices beginning January 19 and games commencing as early as February 1.

A January 8 letter from the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) to the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) details DPH’s recommendation that the CIAC consider following a schedule allowing for practices and games to get going on those aforementioned dates based on the current state of the coronavirus pandemic and DPH’s expectations for the coming weeks.

The CIAC is set to make a final decision at its Thursday meeting.

A winter season may include as many as a dozen regular-season games for each team and March state tournament action. Last year’s winter campaign was cut short partway through the state playoffs in March.

For more extensive coverage, including details about which sports are still on hold and some of the coronavirus impact regulations being considered, see the January 15 print edition of The Bee. Please check back for updates.

Aidan Bepko controls the puck during a game with Masuk last winter. The Nighthawks are hopeful of a return to the ice this month. A decision will be made by the CIAC on Thursday, January 14.
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