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NHL Extends Holiday Pause, 14 Games Postponed

The NHL has announced that the original return date of December 27th will have to be pushed back to allow for more COVID testing.

The NHL announced via a tweet on Friday that the holiday pause that was scheduled to end on December 27th will be extended and 14 NHL games postponed. All games scheduled to take place on Monday, December 27 are being moved in order to provide for adequate COVID-19 testing results. There are still too many players from most of these teams unable to ice a full roster.

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Teams are being allowed to return to the ice with their respective groups as per originally scheduled on Sunday the 26th, but it is expected some teams may wait with so many bodies still on the protocol list.

The NHL advised in their press release today that a further update will come on Sunday, one day after Christmas. If there are a number of cases popping up between now and then, a further delay is possible.

As per the NHL’s official website:

The NHL now has postponed 64 games this season. That led to the decision to not participate in the 2022 Beijing Olympics. The NHL was planning to pause the season from Feb. 6-22 to allow players to participate, but that block now will be used to reschedule some of the postponed games.

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