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New CDC Release Suggests NHL Regular Season Likely Over

According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), they are recommending that any and all events that are 50 people or more in size be cancelled for the next 8 weeks. As such, that means that any hopes the NHL might get back on track in the next two months, is unlikely, at best.

According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), they are recommending that any and all events that are 50 people or more in size be cancelled for the next 8 weeks. As such, that means that any hopes the NHL might get back on track in the next two months, is unlikely, at best.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie notes, “For anyone who thinks this hiatus of, well, just about everything is going to be quite temporary, this would suggest the best-case scenario may be at least two months. Eight weeks today is May 10.” What he’s likely getting at here, is that even empty-arena games will require a production crew of more than 50 people. Between producers, camera men, arena staff, and athletes, the only way leagues like the NHL continue, is if they ignore the CDC recommendations. This doesn’t even take into account travel where charter flights for teams may have that many people involved.

And, if this is how things go, this likely means the end the regular season as is and the best the NHL can hope for is to come back for the playoffs. Of course, then all sorts of questions about how best to seed teams for a playoff schedule come into question.

Agents and insiders are all saying the same thing; this means it’s highly unlikely the NHL comes back any sooner than 8 weeks and if they do, the games will be altered in a major way.

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