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NHL Suspends Season Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

NHL Suspends Season Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

The NHL is suspending the season due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

The league made the announcement on Thursday (March 12) with 189 games and a three and a half weeks still remaining in the season.

“The NHL has been attempting to follow the mandates of health experts and local authorities, while preparing for any possible developments without taking premature or unnecessary measures. However, following last night’s news that an NBA player has tested positive for coronavirus — and given that our leagues share so many facilities and locker rooms and it now seems likely that some member of the NHL community would test positive at some point — it is no longer appropriate to try to continue to play games at this time,” they said in a statement.

“We will continue to monitor all the appropriate medical advice, and we will encourage our players and other members of the NHL community to take all reasonable precautions — including by self-quarantine, where appropriate. Our goal is to resume play as soon as it is appropriate and prudent, so that we will be able to complete the season and award the Stanley Cup. Until then, we thank NHL fans for your patience and hope you stay healthy.”

Plenty of other sports leagues and major events are being canceled or postponed due to coronavirus. Find out what else…

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