Campion Rink barring games through end of January

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 1/12/2021 9:51:58 PM
Modified: 1/12/2021 9:51:56 PM

HANOVER — The Hanover Improvement Society will not allow hockey games to be held at Campion Rink through the month of January.

The HIS, which owns and runs Campion, previously stated it would not allow non-local competition in the month of December, which affected the Hanover Hockey Association. Monday night’s decision impacts both youth and high school hockey.

“After consulting with local doctors and health experts, the Hanover Improvement Society made the difficult decision to postpone any youth or high school hockey games through the month of January at Campion Rink,” HIS general manager Jeff Graham wrote in a Tuesday email. “We will closely monitor the situation as January moves along, with the hope of being able to reschedule these games in February.”

No outdoor rink is in the works right now, but it is something to consider moving forward, Graham noted.

Possibly the toughest part of the HIS decision is the bind it leaves the Hanover and Lebanon boys and girls hockey programs. After more than a month of practices and conditioning, the New Hampshire high school sports season started on Monday; now, the teams are in need of a place to play their home games.

Lebanon High athletic director Mike Stone said the Raiders can still play away games and reschedule games for later in the season when Campion could possibly be open to competition. Another option is to only play road contests.

The Marauders and Raiders girls squads were set to meet on Saturday at Campion, but the Hanover athletic department website now states the game is postponed. The Hanover boys were also supposed to host Pinkerton, which is also postponed.

“The timing is tough,” Stone said. “It is what it is. People in this circumstance are trying to do the best they can. People aren’t in the business of shutting down games unless they truly feel it’s the best decision.”

HHA isn’t as impacted by the decision because it has been following the earlier ruling on non-local competition. In a Tuesday night phone interview, Adrienne Peraza, the association’s president, said teams will just have to play road games and possibly schedule doubleheaders to squeeze in more competition.

“I assume they don’t want other parts of the state coming into our community,” she said. “I do think it will decrease the number, but it can’t stop anyone from New Hampshire or New England from coming here.”

Pete Nakos can be reached at pnakos@vnews.com.




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