The Toronto Six will return to the ice earlier than expected.
The Six will replace the Metropolitan Riveters in facing the Buffalo Beauts on Wednesday night in National Women’s Hockey League action.
The NWHL says the change was made in line with the league’s medical protocols prioritizing health and safety.
The expansion Six (1-1-1) won their first game on Tuesday night, edging the Boston Pride 2-1.
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The NWHL is playing in a quarantined environment in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Each of the six teams were scheduled to play five games in eight days followed by the playoffs, with the semifinals and final airing on NBCSN.
The NWHL didn’t crown a 2020 Isobel Cup champion in its fifth season because of the pandemic.
The majority of the Six roster is Canadian NCAA Division 1 alumni with some who also played in the defunct Canadian Women’s Hockey League.