NHL Officially Suspends The Season Due To The Coronavirus Pandemic
Could a pause in the season mean hockey games in the summer?
There is another disruption to a major sports league and it's effecting Canadian teams. NHL season was suspended by the league because of concerns around COVID-19. There is still a possibility that the season could come back in the near future.
On March 12, a conference call between the league's board of governors took place and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman put a season suspension on the table.
During that call, it was agreed upon to suspend the season because of coronavirus concerns.
In a statement by Bettman released on Twitter, he said that the decision was made with the consultation of medical experts and local authorities.
This comes after the suspension of the NBA season. Late on March 11, the NBA suspended the season while games were still going on after a Utah Jazz player tested positive for the virus.
The NHL has decided that "it is no longer appropriate to try to continue to play games at this time."
The goal, according to Bettman's statement, is to resume play as soon as possible to complete the season and award the Stanley Cup.
Before the suspension to the season came down, the NHL had cancelled all morning skates, practices and team meetings for the day.
There are seven Canadian NHL teams and 24 American ones.
The regular season was supposed to run until April 4 before playoffs.
Since the season has been suspended and not completely cancelled as of yet, the NHL is expecting the season to unpause and play again.
Four Canadian teams, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Montreal Canadiens, the Calgary Flames and the Vancouver Canucks were all set to play the same night that the suspension came down.
The decision follows multiple sports leagues in North America and around the world cancelling their seasons.
Along with the NBA, the MLS, which includes three Canadian soccer teams, has also suspended its season for 30 days.
There is still no timeline on when the NHL will resume or if it actually will resume.