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IceRays regular game season on pause for COVID-19 precautions

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Posted at 3:53 PM, Mar 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 17:06:53-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Corpus Christi Ice Rays will not be playing this weekend. All regular season games have been suspended in light of the rapidly evolving guidelines from CDC on the coronavirus.

The North American Hockey League (NAHL) announced today that effective immediately all scheduled 2019-20 NAHL regular season games have been paused until further notice due to the COVID-19 virus and outbreak.

The NAHL Commissioner and President Mark Frankenfeld gave the following statement:

“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. 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. The NAHL Board of Governors will reconvene on a conference call on Friday to discuss further action.”

The IceRays followed up with a statement that they fully support the NAHL's decision and it was made in the best interest of players, staff, officials and fans. They added that the situation is being monitored and reviewed. Additional information regarding the 2019-20 season will be announced at a later date.