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Will San Jose Sharks Be Playing in an Empty Arena?

TSN’s Pierre LeBrun has noted that the leading option seems to be that the San Jose Sharks will play the March 19th home game in an empty arena.

With a mandated ban by Santa Clara for gatherings of more than 1000 people, TSN’s Pierre LeBrun has noted that the leading option seems to be that the San Jose Sharks will play the March 19th home game in an empty arena.

As LeBrun notes, this “would be uncharted territory for the NHL.” He adds that there are some who believe this ban could extend to all of California which would then affect the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks.

Some have wondered about holding the March 19th in a neutral site but by that time, it might not matter, especially if the ban extends farther than the San Jose area.

Darren Dreger said this situation is under an hour-to-hour watch. The biggest concern is prevention and that the arena staff are cleaning and spraying things like crazy trying to ensure the virus doesn’t move on faster than it already has.

Dreger added that the NHL told all team presidents that they are under the guidance of the CDC and local health authorities. Essentially, Commissioner Gary Bettman is talking to the CDC and other sports leagues and managing this process as best they can.

One question being asked right now is in respect to the Men’s World Championships in Switzerland. It’s a ways away but if things continue to progress and the tournament is a go, how difficult is it going to be for the heads of these federations to convince NHL players to leave North America to go to Switzerland to participate?

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