NHL Pauses 2019-20 Season In Midst Of Coronavirus Outbreak

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The NHL suspended the 2019-20 season in the midst of the coronavirus a day after the NBA suspended their season, according to The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun. The league is on hiatus with the hope that it is short to protect player health and safety.

The Washington Capitals released a follow-up statement following the NHL’s official announcement:

TSN’s Frank Seravalli said that the league has asked teams to provide arena availability through the end of July.

The NCAA also announced that the Frozen Four will be held without fans. The IIHF announced that the 2020 Ice Hockey World Championship has not been canceled despite reports that they have. The MLB is expected to suspend spring training and delay the beginning of the regular season.

The Columbus Blue Jackets and San Jose Sharks became the first team to announce that they will play games with no fans in the stands on Wednesday.

The NBA was the first major sports league across North America to suspend their season due to the coronavirus after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus prior to their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

In addition to the NBA, the 2020 NCAA March Madness Tournament will be played without fans and soccer leagues across Europe have been suspended while the MLS suspended play for 30 days.

Over the past few days, teams across the NHL have restricted locker room access to the media and have held press conferences and interviews outside of it with the players speaking a podium.

NHL players and coaches have expressed that they will continue to monitor the coronavirus situation.

The AHL is expected to do the same and has a conference call scheduled for 3 PM ET, according to Dreger.

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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