NHL Suspends 2019-20 Season Due To COVID-19

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The NHL is set to suspend the 2019-20 season, as a precaution around COVID-19.

The NHL is following the NBA’s lead, as they suspended their season after the Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert tested positive for the virus.

Within the past 24 hours, many notable names tested positive for COVID-19.  Daniele Rugani of Juventus (Serie A) tested positive for the virus, leading Juventus and other clubs to enter quarantine.

Many countries have taken action due to the virus. Italy has entered full lockdown. China, where the virus originated, appears to be stabilizing, but still has the most cases by far. The virus has hit places like Italy, France, Spain, and Iran especially hard. It appears that it’s just starting its impact in North America.

Yesterday, Darren Dreger reported that the NHL wasn’t planning on following suit with the NBA. It appears that after the league cancelled team meetings, practices, and morning skates, they’ve come to a different conclusion.

The San Jose Sharks and Columbus Blue Jackets are already playing games without fans due to the virus, mostly due to new regional restrictions regarding COVID-19. 

Many teams have grounded scouts from flying, in an attempt to limit their potential exposure to the virus.

It’s entirely possible we don’t see NHL hockey until October. However, at the moment, it looks like the NHL has plans to resume play, possibly as part of a shortened playoffs.


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