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NHL Suspends Season In The Wake Of The Coronavirus Pandemic

What seemed like the obvious move is now official, but there’s still a lot to be ironed out.

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The NHL’s Board Of Governors are currently meeting to work out the details, but there will be no hockey for tonight, and at the absolute minimum, two weeks as they take measures to protect players, fans and team and league employees from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The thing that I think is foremost in my thoughts is the people who will be impacted the most by this: team and arena staff, and freelance journalists who in a lot of cases may not get paid during this disruption.

What we need to find out is how the league is going to handle this going forward: How long of a disruption will this be? Will remaining seasonal games be played? If not, how do they determine the playoff seeding? And when might we expect to see those games? Also, there are draft implications to be considered, as the teams have been told to provide arena availability until the end of July, which will mean the draft will have to be rescheduled.

We’re also hearing that Major League Baseball is suspending spring training and delaying the start of the season, which seemed like it was the logical step despite silence from the MLB’s head office on the matter.

We’ll continue to update this situation as news becomes available. In the meantime, a stoppage in the NHL does not mean a stoppage at NM or any of the SBN Network sites. We will continue to bring you content about the team and the NHL (as well as some stuff to help us deal with the void left by the cancellations) until things return to normal. Until then, stay safe and take care of yourselves.

BREAKING: The league has released their statement: