NHL to Start Closing Dressing Rooms to Media on Saturday in Effort to Stop Spread of Coronavirus; Media Availabilities Will Be Held in Press Conference Area

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According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended to the NHL to close dressing rooms to the media in an effort to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. Media availabilities are set to take place in a formal press conference area. This goes into effect today.

Other leagues following this recommendation include the NBA, MLB, and MLS.

The deadly Coronavirus was one of many topics discussed during last week’s NHL general managers meeting in Boca Raton, Florida. The league is taking additional precautions for the health of players, coaches, and all staff, and have advised that players and staff of all clubs wash hands and various equipment frequently to prevent any spread.

Stick shortages have been blamed on the virus. Two of the largest hockey stick brands, CCM and Bauer, both make their sticks in China, the epicenter of Coronavirus. Since January, the halt has been affecting the production of sticks.

Coronavirus also forced the IIHF to cancel tournaments. Leagues and sports worldwide have been playing some games without fans amid the growing spread. The Kunlun Red Star, an ice hockey club located in Beijing, of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) moved its games to Russia for the remainder of the season due to the outbreak.

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By Della Young

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Della Young is an aspiring novelist and screenwriter who earned a BFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University in 2021. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Screenwriting from Regent University. Della comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for hockey in 2019. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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