State order delays start of sturling season

Pop Whalen Ice and Arts Arena will remain closed until at least October 29 under an order from Governor Chris Sununu that prohibits indoor on-ice activities in response to COVID-19 infections among youth hockey players.

On Thursday, October 15, Governor Chris Sununu issued an executive order closing all ice rinks in the state of New Hampshire for a period of at least two weeks.

Although the order was prompted by an increase of COVID-19 infections among youth hockey players, the effect has been to shut down all on-ice activity for the two-week period. This includes the start of the LRCA’s scheduled Fall 2020 sturling league.

Consequently, organizers are now planning for a six-week sturling league, with the first matches scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 1. At the moment, there are no other changes to  plans for the league. There will still be a bye week during Thanksgiving weekend, and the last matches of the season will be played on Sunday, Dec. 13.

Rebates for the missed weeks will be offered to registrants at the end of the season.