Morning Free Association: Bubbles

The Boston Pride host the Connecticut Whale on January 12th, 2020

As you may know, I am a season-ticket holder for the Boston Pride NWHL team.
Well not this year.

On November 25th, the league announced their plans for the 2020-21 season. Starting in late January, the season will begin in a bubble of sorts.

In order to avoid spreading COVID-19, the season will be kept short and localized. The teams will all travel to Lake Placid New York, to the Herb Brooks Arena – sacred home to the 1980 Winter Olympics, and the famed “Miracle On Ice” – when a team of U.S. mens amateurs defeated the best that the Soviet Union had to offer – a de-facto professional hockey team that was highly rated – (and oh yeah, the Finnish team) to win the gold medal. There, the NWHL teams will play a mini season, with each team playing 5 games – one against each other team, followed by a 3 round playoff to award the Isobel Cup.

Technically, the Isobel Cup was not awarded last season, as the dominant Boston Pride and the contending Minnesota Whitecaps were scheduled to play for the championship after winning their respective semifinal games, but the game was cancelled as COVID-19 was spreading and the league did not want to be responsible for a super-spreader event.

This season, players will be tested regularly, but there is no sign that they will truly be isolated beyond having to live in remote Lake Placid. There will be no fans allowed at the games – though presumably there will be a Twitch stream or two.
Season ticket holders have been given the option to receive a refund or to have their tickets reserved for the 2021-22 season.

It’s disappointing that the season isn’t being played normally, but at least the players get a chance to keep in shape and get paid.

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the german hammer
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the german hammer

Thank you IW for taking over today. I was too busy spreading holiday cheer to remember to write something.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Morning folks.

Went shopping this morning, came back to the car and found a screw stuck in tyre! Guess I must’ve driven over it.

Worse is that it’s not my car. But the lady it belongs to currently has a broken ankle so she can’t use it anyway. Swings and roundabouts!

the german hammer
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the german hammer

Tires are just like that, running over things and getting stuff stuck in them.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all.

Bubbles?
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Or Bubbles?
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So many bubbles!!

(Can you tell renewal season has my brain fried?)

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Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

That’s going to be stuck in my head all day!

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Quaider4everwash

Good Morning!!
The NWHL is being smart. The NHL is just too big to try this method outside of the playoffs.
I hear the owners and NHLPA have put aside the money differences for now. Looks like a mid January start and 54 – 56 game schedule. Tjey want to wrap things up before the Olympics that aren’t happening as NBC has the rights to both.
Still chasing the chill out of my bones from yesterday. The railing will be inside someday, but my work has to happen outside. The views (all the way to Hunter Mt, NY ) are spectacular. If i could stop shivering long enough, i might enjoy them. Warmer today, i hear.