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NHL Has Suspended the Current Season

As the hockey world waits on Thursday to see what the NHL will do with the remainder of their season, there’s a lot going on in terms of news that changes by the minute.

As the hockey world waits on Thursday to see what the NHL will do with the remainder of their season, there’s a lot going on in terms of news that changes by the minute.

The NBA has suspended it’s season, Major League Baseball is suspending spring training and delaying the start of the season and the MLS is suspending the season. How can the NHL not follow suit?

Here is the latest as things are coming up:

Statement from the NHL:

“In light of ongoing developments resulting from the coronavirus, and after consulting with medical experts are convening a conference call of the Board of Governors, the National Hockey League is announcing today that it will pause the 2019-20 season beginning with tonight’s games.

The NHL is attempting to follow the mandates of health experts and local authorities, while preparing for any possible developments without taking premature and unnecessary measures.

The statement goes on to say that after an NBA player tested positive for the virus, they have to assume that an NHL player or two will have also contracted the virus and with as many share locker rooms, this is the right thing to do at this time.

Chris Johnston announces the NHL has officially decided to suspend the season.

Sean Shapiro of The Athletic: 11:19am

Official announcement coming very soon. But NHL is suspending the season. “Hope to return” is the key phrase being used.

As per TSN’s Pierre LeBrun: 11:11am

Source says Gary Bettman has just put it on the table to NHL governors: put the season on hold. So far no opposition from owners on the call.

As per Elliotte Friedman 11:09am

Waiting for official announcement, but word is NHL planning for suspension/hiatus with hope to return. Obviously, no one knows how things could proceed at that time, but that is the goal.

As per TSN’s Darren Dreger – 10:30am

Told the U18 World Championship has been cancelled.

While secondary to the safety of all players and fans, questions will now be:

  • How long will this suspension last?
  • What happens with the current standings?
  • Who makes the playoffs?
  • Will the season drift into the summer?
  • What will happen with the NHL Draft and other events?

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