The Pittsburgh Penguins organization released a statement on Friday regarding coronavirus concerns. The statement was short on specifics, but the NHL has been in communication with the member clubs as some events, including the upcoming NCAA Tournament games at John Hopkins University, have decided to hold the events but not allow fans to attend. The NHL has publicly expressed optimism such drastic measures will not be necessary, though there are reports the Swiss league has played games without fans.
According to the LA Times, the NHL has sent a memo that advised players to limit contact with fans. Owners of the Florida Panthers have publicly rejected the idea of playing games without fans.
Officials called on the San Jose Sharks to cancel games, but the San Jose organization declined the requests.
Here is the statement from the Penguins Vice President of Communications, Jennifer Bullano-Ridgley:
The team is following the recommendations of the CDC, UPMC, and the NHL. Our medical staff has been in communication for several weeks with UPMC Infectious Disease about safety and prevention. The safety and health of our players, employees, and fans are our first priority.
Editor’s note: The story has been updated to include the LA Times report.