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NHL SEASON SUSPENDED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS? ANNOUNCEMENT THURSDAY

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There are 1200 cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States but the worldwide pandemic reached a tipping point on Wednesday as actor Tom Hanks announced he and his wife have the virus, and the NBA suspended its season after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert preliminarily tested positive. Wednesday afternoon the Columbus Blue Jackets announced fans would not be allowed to attend the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and there was to be an NHL statement on its future, as well.

Reports initially indicated the NHL season would cautiously continue, but the NHL punted their decision until Thursday with the following statement:

“The National Hockey League is aware of the NBA’s decision tonight to indefinitely suspend its season due to a player testing positive for the coronavirus. The NHL is continuing to consult with medical experts and is evaluating the options. We expect to have a further update tomorrow.”

Most NHL teams have between 12 and 14 games remaining in the regular season with the playoffs scheduled to begin in mid-April. Various reports suggested several options were being discussed including pausing the regular season or canceling the rest of the regular season with play to resume in the playoffs when feasible.

The NBA season suspension was swift and surprising. Read more about it here. 

PHN will have immediate updates as soon as they are available. Read more on the outbreak here. 

The progression on Wednesday was quick. The Columbus Blue Jackets initially refused to ban fans from their Thursday night game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, but later on Wednesday afternoon, they acquiesced to Ohio Governor Mike DeWine who asked sporting events and large events be canceled. The game is currently scheduled to be played but without fans in attendance. 

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Da Binker
Da Binker
1 year ago

The NBA is soft. Hope the NHL stays tough admit the needless panic.

Tom Flynn
Tom Flynn
1 year ago

It needs to be suspended. Consider the sick and the pressure that will come on the health system. Everyone does their bit and it won’t be as bad.

HarkeyPuck
HarkeyPuck
1 year ago

Yeah this is about being smart, not “tough”

Smh

B.J.
B.J.
1 year ago

There is no cure for this virus. They should call off all pro and college team sports permanently.

Mller Time
Mller Time
1 year ago

I just read on my favorite liberal site that there is an 88.6 percent of death for those who contract this dreaded killer.

Eliminate the NHL permanently and immediately for the good others!

B.J.
B.J.
1 year ago

Its remarkable how few fatalities we’ve had in this country. The President and his team continue to do a sensational job with this epic crisis. #MAGA

Pen Ultimate
Pen Ultimate
1 year ago

Where would we be with open borders? Yikes!

King Penguin
King Penguin
1 year ago

In a few weeks, we’ll realize how badly the panic-peddlers punk’d us.

E.J.
E.J.
1 year ago

Silver lining: Guentzel might be back sooner than later if the shutdown lasts several weeks as expected.

HarkeyPuck
HarkeyPuck
1 year ago

Oh Geez, unsubscribe.

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