The Make-A-Wish All-Star Hockey Classic will not be played in 2020.
The organizing committee for the annual event, which features the top graduating high school boys and girls ice hockey players from Vermont against those from New Hampshire, made the announcement Tuesday.
This year’s contest was slated to be played June 27 in Stowe.
Organizers cited the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and “necessary restrictions placed on indoor recreation facilities, and prohibitions of contact sports and gathering of groups of people” as the factors behind the decision according to a statement.
This year would have marked the 28th edition of the boys game and the 23rd contest for the girls. All proceeds from the event are used to fulfill special wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions. The Hockey Classic has raised more than $300,000 for the cause since its inception.
The final rosters for this year’s event included:
BFA-St. Albans: Grace Adamczak, Meghan Connor, Madeleine Hungerford, Carolyn Perry, Chloe Rouleau, Hailey Savage. Burlington/Colchester: Brooke Barrows, Madison Chagnon, Meghan Lehouiller, Olivia Maher, Elise Scorsome, Lane Sky. Essex: Grace Wiggett. Harwood: Nicole Pappas, Kaylee Thayer. Middlebury: Merry Kimble. Mount Mansfield/Champlain Valley: Nicole Wright. Rice: Kate Buckley, Kylie Corley. Stowe: Sage Lively.
Coaches: Jeff Rouleau, BFA-St. Albans; Jeff Lively, Stowe.
BFA-St. Albans: Dan Ellis, Parker Gratton, Caden Hart, Dominic Liscinsky, Derek Nadeau. Brattleboro: Anthony Palombo. Burr and Burton: Joey McCoy. Champlain Valley: James Bernicke. Essex: Aiden Haggerty, Jason Smith. Lyndon/North Country: Patrick Gaudreau. Middlebury: Zeke Hooper, Devon Kearns. Milton: Jackson Ehler, Owen Perry. Missisquoi: Kyle Gilbert. Rice: Reilly Hickey. Spaulding: Heath Atwood. Stowe: Atticus Eiden, Oli Paumgarten, Alex Tilgner.
Coaches: Derek Bartlett, Middlebury; Bryan Perry, Milton; Eric Libardoni, Brattleboro.
New Hampshire rosters are available on the event’s web page: allstarhockeyclassicvtnh.org.
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