Updated: March 30, 2021 09:46 PM
Created: March 30, 2021 05:36 PM
Nine players from the Hill-Murray boy's hockey team have filed a lawsuit against the Minnesota State High School League over the league's refusal to allow some high school players to play in an upcoming tournament game.
As the Minnesota Boys' State Hockey Tournament got ready to begin on Tuesday, the lawsuit was filed in Washington County District Court.
Hill-Murray is scheduled to play Wayzata in the quarterfinals round of the tournament on Wednesday but the students say the MSHSL and Minnesota Department of Health are trying to hold Hill-Murray players out of the game due to COVID-19 precautions.
After Hill-Murray beat White Bear Lake last week in the sectional championship, a player from the White Bear Lake team reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. However, MSHSL guidelines say the Hill-Murray players can't play in a game until Thursday due to possible exposure.
The players are asking the court to grant a temporary restraining order to allow the team to play its tournament game on Wednesday. The lawsuit also noted there isn't any scheduling conflict that would prevent the MSHSL from just delaying the game until Thursday, when the players would be eligible to participate under state guidelines. The lawsuit adds that Wayzata also agreed to play the game on Thursday.
5 EYEWITNESS NEWS reached out to the MSHSL for comment on the lawsuit but the league said it doesn't comment on pending litigation.
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