According to TSN’s Pierre LeBrun, one item to come of the NHL GM’s conference call on Tuesday was that all NHL players will be told to extend their self-quarantine time periods another 10 days.
The original date was March 27, but as the COVID-19 virus spreads and as most of world only sees the numbers of those who have contracted the virus increase, it was logical the NHL would instruct players to stay home longer.
Whether that additional 10 days will be extended even longer is uncertain.
If and when things settle down, at the end of the self-quarantine period, consideration will be given to allowing the opening of club facilities to players in scheduled and coordinated small groups for voluntary training and care of the players on the same basis as in the off-season.
Needless to say, this just makes the likelihood of an NHL regular season resumption in the next while even less likely. In general, the mandate is to simply stay home unless you absolutely need to leave. And, of course, the longer players are staying home, the less they’re going to be in game-ready shape and the longer it will take to get ready for the season.
The only way to hope another delay doesn’t occur is for hockey fans and people in general to stay indoors and isolated. NHL players have been making pleas on social media to fans to do their part. Unfortunately, not everyone is listening.
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