Hockey One has joined the growing pile of national sporting leagues plagued by the coronavirus.
While the AFL completed its first round and the NBL called it quits earlier this week, the second year of the national hockey competition will have to wait until 2021.
"We understand that fans, sponsors, partners, players and all other stakeholders were looking forward to the second season of Hockey One league later this year, following the successful inaugural season," said general manager, former Test cricketer Tony Dodemaide.
"In close consultation with Hockey Australia and our member associations, it became clear that the impacts of the crisis were such that they could not support the program later in the year, with their priorities quite rightly shifting to their organisational adjustments and supporting their local clubs and associations through this difficult period."
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Revamping the former National Hockey League competition into a home-and-away style competition, the Tassie Tigers had a strong start to Hockey One life.
While the women's side were only able to pick up one victory, the men's picked up a bronze medal at the end of the 24-game tournament with Australian games record holder Eddie Ockenden leading the way, winning most valuable player.
"Our first season validated the belief that elite hockey has a rightful and viable place in the national sporting landscape, with sponsors, team members, match attendees, TV viewers and fans engaging like never before with a domestic hockey competition," Dodemaide added.
"We look forward to building on those foundations and presenting the second edition of Hockey One league even bigger and better in 2021."
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