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NHL season postponed until further noticed
covid19 NHL update – The NHL will pause the 2019-20 regular season due to the concerns of the coronavirus, the League announced Thursday. The 2019–20 NHL season is the 103rd season of operation (102nd season of play) of the National Hockey League. The regular season began on October 2, 2019, and was originally scheduled to end on April 4, 2020. However, on March 12, 2020, the regular season was paused due to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the NHL will pause the season. “The NHL has been attempting to follow mandates of health experts and local authorities while preparing for any possible developments without taking premature or unnecessary measures,” said Bettman. “Following last night’s news that an NBA player has tested positive for coronavirus — and given that our leagues share so many facilities and locker rooms and it now see seems likely that some member of the NHL community would test positive at some point — it is no longer appropriate to try to continue to play games at this time.” The NHL Players’ Association responded shortly afterward, saying the decision is an “appropriate action at this time.” NHL clubs were advised not to conduct morning skates, practices or team meetings amid efforts to contain the spread of the virus. “We will continue to monitor all the appropriate medical advice, and we will encourage our players and other members of the NHL community to take all reasonable precautions — including by self-quarantine, where appropriate,” Bettman continued. “Our goal is to resume play as soon as it is appropriate and prudent so that we will be able to complete the season and award the Stanley Cup. “Until then, we thank NHL fans for your patience and hope you stay healthy.” In the 2019 Stanley Cup NHL Finals concluded on June 12, 2019, with the St. Louis Blues winning their first Stanley Cup in the Finals over the Boston Bruins in seven games.
Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan. “The health and safety of our fans, players, staff and media always remains at the forefront of our decision-making as a hockey club and league,” Shanahan said. “Like you, we have many questions about what’s to come in the future … our thanks to our fans for their support and understanding as we continue to navigate this very fluid situation.”
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