REPORTS: NHL to suspend regular season

March 12, 2020

According to NHL insider Pierre LeBrun, commissioner Gary Bettman plans to suspend the remainder of the NHL season, effective immediately.

Reports indicate that Bettman reached out to clubs Thursday morning advising them to prepare for the indefinite postponement of remaining NHL games. The league already canceled morning skates and practices Thursday morning ahead of a scheduled 1 p.m. EST phone call to discuss the details of the arrangements.

LeBrun also reports that on-ice officials scheduled to oversee road games have been instructed to book flights home.

Bettman’s decision comes amid growing concern surrounding the novel coronavirus COVID-19, an upper respiratory virus categorized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a pandemic. The organization’s first such classification in 11 years, WHO defines a pandemic as a new virus for which little to no immunity exists within the human population.

The suspension of the NHL season follows yesterday’s announcement of the suspension of the remainder of the NBA season after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. The following morning, reports revealed Jazz teammate Donovan Mitchell also contracted the coronavirus.

Gobert’s came under fire for his nonchalant attitude regarding the virus, with Gobert’s final pre-diagnosis interview concluding with the center backtracking to brazenly touch microphones and other items. Jazz players reportedly contend that Gobert touched their persons and possessions before testing positive.

Major League Soccer (MLS) and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) also announced their decision to suspend competition. The fate of March Madness is still undecided, though leagues began canceling their league tournaments.

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  1. Beth Meyer on March 12th, 2020 3:07 pm

    I think it is a good decision. Even though it will be difficult not see our players play toward the end the season it is better to safe.

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