Quincy, North Quincy boys hockey teams on hiatus after players spotted violating COVID guidelines

The teams will remain on hiatus until Jan. 20 to ensure no COVID spread.

North Quincy High School players gather in around the net at the beginning of the game. North Quincy vs Duxbury at the Quincy Yourth Center.
North Quincy High School players gather in around the net at the beginning of the game. North Quincy vs Duxbury at the Quincy Yourth Center. –John Cetrino for The Boston Globe

The Quincy and North Quincy boys hockey teams are on hiatus until Jan. 20 after players were seen violating COVID-19 guidelines, the school announced on Monday.

In the letter to coaches, parents and students, Superintendent of Schools Kevin Mulvey said players are being asked to quarantine as a result of photos that showed athletes too close with mouths uncovered.

“It is with great disappointment that I viewed the pictures posted on a local newspaper website and social media last night following the Quincy vs. North Quincy varsity boys hockey game,” Mulvey wrote. “In multiple photographs, student athletes were not wearing masks properly and not keeping appropriate distance from each other.”

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Mulvey added that the hiatus will take place until players are no longer at risk of catching or spreading the virus. Players and staff are asked to get tested as well.

Per the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) website, Quincy is 1-2-0 this season. The team is not scheduled to play a game between Monday’s announcement and Jan. 20. The next game will take place on Jan. 23 at Pembroke. North Quincy’s next game, however, is scheduled for Jan. 18 against Plymouth.

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