The 2019-20 NHL season has been suspended due to concerns over the transmission of COVID-19, a type of coronavirus that has caused a global pandemic. Just yesterday, the San Jose Sharks and Columbus Blue Jackets announced they would be playing several home games without fans in attendance due to local bans on mass gatherings.
However, things took a turn when at least two cases of coronavirus were confirmed in NBA players last night, leading to last-minute game cancellations. Since then, there have been suspensions or cancellations across several sports leagues, including the NBA, MLS, MLB and NWHL.
Now, the NHL has determined the season will be placed on hold, with hopes to return in the spring.
The NHL cites shared facilities with the NBA as a source of concern. Some AHL teams also share those facilities, and with players being shuttled between the two leagues, it seems likely the AHL will follow suit, though no official announcement has been made.
As a reminder, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has put out this list of recommendations for personal protection during this time:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
For more information on the coronavirus, visit cdc.gov/coronavirus.