Over the last 48 hours, the sports world has come to a grinding halt due to the fear of the spreading of COVID-19. Hockey East was no different with the league announcing on Thursday that they were canceling the 2020 Hockey East Men’s Tournament due to the current public health concerns. That mean’s that the Providence College Frair’s matchup with the Boston College Eagles has been canceled.
That means the Friars season is essentially in the books finishing in a tie for 7th place in Hockey East with a 10-11-3 conference record and an overall record of 16-12-6. Despite the disappointing finish to their 2019-20 campaign, there was a lot of good that came out of PC’s season. For starters, how about Jack Dugan? The sophomore finished the season leading all of NCAA in points (52) and assists (42). The Las Vegas Golden Knights draft pick is deservedly up for the Hobey Baker Award after averaging 1.53 points per game.
Ahead of Thursday’s cancelation, it was announced that Dugan is also a finalist for the Hockey East Player of the Year. It seems like a runaway for Dugan but Providence’s poor finish might negatively impact him, unfortunately.
Another player who stood out and stepped up in 2019-20 for the Friars is Tyce Thompson whose 44 points this season was tied for third in all of NCAA. The Sophomore scored 19 goals and 25 assists this season and is also up for the Hobey Baker Award.
Tough season for the Friars and the way it ended was rough with the cancellation of the tournament. But that’s the reality of the situation. They will be back next season, no-doubt about that.