BASKING RIDGE, NJ — The Ridge ice hockey team was scheduled to have started its regular season this weekend, but the Red Devils' opener now has been delayed for 11 days.

Ridge, which would have opened its abbreviated 2021 campaign on Friday, will have to wait until Jan. 26 for the puck to drop.

"We had to shut the ice hockey team down through Jan. 18, and then have to get six days of practice in before we can play anyone," Ridge athletic director Rich Shello said of the hockey program, which is dealing with unidentified COVID issues that have forced the team to cease pre-season practices for now.

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The rescheduled opening game is now set for Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 4 p.m. against Pingry High School at Bridgewater Sports Arena.

Jan. 26 is also the date that the Ridge boys' and girls' basketball seasons are scheduled to get under way. Their seasons, however, have not been delayed yet. Jan. 26 was the date set for basketball to start after the NJSIAA revised its guidance on winter sports two months ago.