Hockey fans around the world nervously awaited an announcement regarding the rest of the NHL’s season up until Thursday, March 12. When the announcement finally came, we discovered that the NHL’s season was to be suspended until further notice on account of the coronavirus pandemic. While the nation collectively took to social media to react, athletes were silent. Now, Bo Horvat of the Vancouver Canucks has come forward online to share his thoughts.
The player posted on Instagram, opening with emotion. “It’s tough to not be preparing for a game right now,” he wrote, “but this is bigger than hockey.”
Sure enough, far more than hockey has been impacted by closures and cancellations in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The NBA has suspended their season along with Major League Baseball and Soccer.
Even Disneyland has closed. All this said, we’re Canadian, and the loss of hockey at such a pivotal point in the season was a hard pill to swallow.
Horvat’s post continued: “We support the NHL’s decision to pause the season and thank #Canucks fans for their patience and support. Stay safe!”
The post has already received over 6,000 likes and an outpouring of support in the comments section.
While it's unclear if and when the NHL will resume their regular season, it is clear that this Canuck supports the suspension.
In fact, Horvat's post reads "We support the NHL’s decision," presumably speaking for himself and on the behalf of his teammates.
The NHL’s announcement was made on Thursday, March 12. “In light of ongoing developments resulting from the coronavirus, and after consulting with medical experts and convening a conference call of the Board of Governors, the National Hockey League is announcing today it will pause the 2019-20 season beginning with tonight’s games,” outlined the news release.
The NHL pauses the 2019-20 season. https://t.co/bCi776ZFqX— NHL (@NHL)1584034584.0
On Twitter, this post was met with a sea of mixed reactions. Some fans calling the decision a mistake, some saying it was about time.
The release explained that the NHL's goal is to resume as soon as possible in keeping with what's appropriate and safe.
Bo Horvat and his team might be seen around Vancouver since they've got some time off. Or, perhaps they'll head to their hometowns to wait out the suspension.