The NAHL’s Fairbanks Ice Dogs tweeted late on Thursday that their division would be entering a five-week pause.
Fairbanks’ GM, Rob Proffitt, also spoke about the pause on a Facebook Live post on Thursday night.
“The challenges keep coming,” he said. “We’re going to take a five-week pause, our whole division, and start again right after Christmas.”
Proffitt also said that the season will likely extend into May.
One source said that the league would meet again on Friday before making a final decision. A pause would be the result of restrictions placed on sports in several states, including Minnesota. Sources say there are possible schedule modifications coming in the Central Division as well.
Minnesota’s latest public health order, where the league has six teams, does not allow teams in the state to practice or play games. Many of the rinks in Minnesota are closing for the next month.