The NHL has suspended all games due concerns around the coronavirus.
The NHL has done its due diligence by following suit and suspending its season for the foreseeable future due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, otherwise commonly known as the coronavirus. The NBA shocked the Twitter world last night by announcing their decision to postpone the remainder of the season for several reasons. After a player from the Utah Jazz had been tested positive for the virus, the NBA found it necessary to suspend the remainder of the season in order to help protect the players, staff and fans. Shortly thereafter, the NHL released a statement stating, “The National Hockey League is aware of 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.” Many believed that the NHL would continue on and play out the remaining 10-15 games on one condition, no fans would be in attendance, which was originally the plan. Almost every major sports league has now decided to put their respective leagues on hold, which is certainly the right decision. The NHL then made it official this afternoon just after 1:30 with the following statement.
* Photo courtesy of @NHL via Twitter
Much of the professional hockey leagues in Europe have cancelled their seasons while the AHL, CHL and ECHL have also suspended their leagues until further notice. With that being said, there will certainly be less news in the hockey world until this is all sorted out. So, in the meantime, stay safe everybody and enjoy!