SHL Ends Season, ECHL Players Paid Through Tomorrow: Sunday’s Hockey News Bits From Around The Globe

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As the NHL and other hockey leagues around the world have suspended or paused their seasons in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, here is the latest hockey news:

  • NHL teams have been told that it will be at least one full week — and perhaps longer — before they can reopen facilities for players to do small-group skates/workouts (Chris Johnston)
  • Swedish Hockey League and HockeyAllsvenskan officially ended their respective seasons
  • No NHL players have tested positive for the coronavirus, though some may still be awaiting test results (Chris Johnston)
  • Word is that ECHL players will only be paid through tomorrow following the cancellation of their season – their average salary is around $600 per week (Chris Johnston)
  • The NHL GMs had a conference call on Saturday and heard from the league’s medical professionals that shutting the whole operation down entirely for a period of time is the best way to assess and take the pulse of what the health of the NHL community is (The Athletic)
  • Players will be tested for the virus over time (the rest – ibid)
  • But eventually, after the league is given the thumbs up, the league plans to move into the next phase which is the offseason/training period where club facilities open to players who may be allowed to have coordinated workouts and skates, probably in small groups
  • For now, no NHL team should be flying prospects in from AHL cities or junior
  • Some are speculating that the cutoff date for the last day of the season would be just before July 24, the start of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan
  • GMs and the NHL are already discussing possible Stanley Cup Playoff formats

By Harrison Brown

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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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