National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman released the following statement on the 2019-20 NHL season on Thursday:
“Given the ongoing developments arising from the corona virus, and after consulting with medical experts and calling a Supreme Council conference call, the National Hockey League announced today that it will pause the 2019-20 season from today’s games.
“The NHL has tried to follow the mandates of health professionals and local authorities and prepare for possible developments without taking early or unnecessary action. After last night’s news that an NBA player tested positive for coronavirus – and that Our leagues share so many facilities and changing rooms and it is now likely that a member of the NHL community will eventually test positive and it is no longer appropriate to continue playing games at this time.
“We will continue to monitor all appropriate medical advice and encourage our players and other members of the NHL community to take all reasonable precautions, including through self-quarantine where appropriate. Our goal is to resume the game as soon as possible.” It is reasonable and prudent so that we can close the season and award the Stanley Cup. Until then, we thank the NHL fans for their patience and hope that you stay healthy. “
The NHL Players’ Association also released a statement Thursday.
“The decision to temporarily suspend the game due to the COVID-19 pandemic is currently an appropriate course of action.
“NHLPA will continue to monitor this very dynamic situation closely and will discuss daily with the league, our medical advisors and our players on all aspects of this matter. The players look forward to the opportunity to restart the game before ice hockey.” Fans everywhere. “