After suspending the remainder of the 2020 Penguins Cup playoffs on March 12, the PIHL has decided to cancel the remainder of the tournament, Pittsburgh Hockey Digest has learned.
Questions about seniors being eligible beyond their high school graduations, along with a lack of a current timeframe to return to play, prompted the move.
In the final games that had not yet been played, North Allegheny, Pine-Richland, Seneca Valley and Peters Township were in the quarterfinals of the Class-3A bracket, Baldwin and Latrobe were set to play in the Penguins Cup final in Class-2A, Indiana and Thomas Jefferson were scheduled for the Class-A championship and Carrick and Ringgold were to meet in the Class-B title game.
Official champions will not be declared for the 2019-20 season.
The PIHL had been a notable holdout in attempting to finish its 2020 championships. The PIAA, which runs most varsity high school sports in Pennsylvania, canceled all winter championships and spring sports on April 9.
The PIHL had already canceled the middle school and junior varsity tournaments and the girls’ hockey season planned for this summer back on April 9.