The NHL decided, today, to postpone games for the near future due to the outbreak of COVID-19 (aka Coronavirus) in the NBA and to avoid putting league players or employees in danger of contracting or spreading the virus.
The NHL is suspending the season, The Post has learned. Call at 1pm to start on some details, and teams told to work with their buildings for dates into July. More info, here: https://t.co/QMyGAf4Q8f
— Brett Cyrgalis (@BrettCyrgalis) March 12, 2020
The NHL season has officially been suspended. No surprise. There is hope to resume.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) March 12, 2020
This announcement follows suit with the NBA swift action last night as well as a growing number of overseas leagues, college tournaments, and north american major junior leagues (including the USHL). The AHL and ECHL are expected to follow similar protocal, as well. The verbiage used by most of the leagues is hiatus, postponed, or suspended (rather than cancelled) which leaves opportunities to resume operations when the virus has been contained to a more safe level for the public.
USHL to Suspend Season Due to COVID-19 pic.twitter.com/CiV6mT8WUk
— USHL (@USHL) March 12, 2020
Statement from the Western Hockey League regarding COVID-19.
— The WHL (@TheWHL) March 12, 2020
Several universities and school have also gone to remote or virtual learning models (where applicable) to try and hopefully avoid the rapid spread of the virus through the student body.
The NCHC Tournament has been cancelled
Very sad dayhttps://t.co/GRpLLs7EKv
— The NCHC (@TheNCHC) March 12, 2020
#ECACHockey has cancelled the remainder of the 2020 men’s tournament.
— ECAC Hockey (@ecachockey) March 12, 2020
More details will be added as they are released.
The NHL pauses the 2019-20 season. pic.twitter.com/bCi776ZFqX
— NHL (@NHL) March 12, 2020