Well, it’s official, the NHL announced yesterday that it would suspend the remainder of the 2019-2020 season. I’m sorry, it would “put the season on pause”.
The NHL pauses the 2019-20 season. pic.twitter.com/bCi776ZFqX
— NHL (@NHL) March 12, 2020
First time offender too. Crazy. pic.twitter.com/nvIENa1WCy
— Jeff Israel (@jeffisrael25) March 12, 2020
The NHLPA was involved in this decision, as they rightfully should be. Apparently in addition to no games, there will be no practices, no meetings, no travel. Players are being encouraged to take safety precautions and self-quarantine if needed.
The decision to temporarily suspend play due to the COVID-19 pandemic is an appropriate course of action at this time. pic.twitter.com/ApudNZvurS
— NHLPA (@NHLPA) March 12, 2020
I honestly wonder about how the players will stay fit since they often use team facilities to train. But, this is a small concern at this time.
It is unsure if the league will restart with remaining games needed to finish the season or just head straight to the playoffs. With teams/arenas providing availability through July, it could be an either or situation.
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.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) March 12, 2020
Hearing as part of the #NHL's due diligence process, teams have been asked to provide arena building availability through the end of July.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) March 12, 2020
Maybe a team will just receive the cup?
The nhl just fuckin panics and gives the cup to the red wings for no reason
— ana (@munchintoast) March 12, 2020
The AHL also seems to be taking the precautionary step to prevent the spread of the virus by pausing their season as well.
AHL also expected to follow the NHL’s lead and announce a pause. AHL conference call scheduled for 3pm et.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) March 12, 2020
Before any of the talk of cessation, the Boston Bruins announced that they had postponed the celebration of the 1970 Stanley Cup championship team to the Fall, citing the coronavirus outbreak as a concern.
So, I guess we won’t be talking about hockey stuff per se, but we’ll still be able to gather here and chat 5 times a week while we’re waiting. And if you’re so inclined, give Bearly on Topic a listen. It’s free!