Carr-Harris hockey game canceled for second straight year


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The 35th Carr-Harris Cup men’s college hockey game between the Queen’s Gaels and the Royal Military College Paladins has been canceled for the second year in a row due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The game was canceled in 2020-21 as the entire U Sports season was cancelled. This season, men’s hockey, along with all other varsity sports, is being played but with limitations on spectators in arenas.

“Queen’s and RMC athletic staff have jointly agreed to suspend play after carefully considering the ongoing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, respective university health and safety protocols and the logistics of staging the all of the elements of the game that have become synonymous with the Carr-Harris Cup,” a press release said.

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The Carr-Harris game was popular among local hockey fans, Queen’s and RMC staff and students, and is a staple of Kingston’s FebFest celebrations,

The 34th Carr-Harris Cup was played in front of a record crowd of 4,121 spectators on February 6, 2020 at Leon’s Center. Queen’s won that game, 4-2, after being upset in 2019, 5-1.

The Queen’s press release also said the Gaels and Paladins are looking forward to the return of the Carr-Harris Cup as the showpiece event of the 2022-23 hockey season.

Another rivalry match involving RMC has also been canceled this season. The Paladins were scheduled to face the Army Black Knights on January 15 in West Point, NY, but the game was canceled for the second straight year.


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