We all know COVID-19 made a mess of the 2020-21 Hockey East season. But, to borrow a line from noted scribe Bill Shakespeare, all’s well that ends well.
Under first-year commissioner Steve Metcalf, Hockey East in fits and starts slogged through the regular season and postseason tournament, before ending on the highest of high notes when UMass rolled to its first NCAA title with a dominating win over the NCHC’s St. Cloud State.
“To crown the season on the men’s side with a national championship and on the women’s side with a national championship game that went to overtime (Northeastern losing to Wisconsin), those are obviously two metrics that say you’ve had some success. At the end of the year, I’d have to say it was a pretty good year,’’ he said.