NHL Suspends Season Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

By Chris Pennington on March 12, 2020 at 9:02 am
The NHL has suspended their season indefinitely due to the Coronavirus outbreak, in light of the NBA season cancellation.
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On Thursday afternoon, the NHL announced it has suspended its season until further notice in light of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.

The NHL is not the only league to have suspended its season for the same reasons. They join the NBA and MLS, as well as several European soccer leagues, MLB for spring training and the NCAA in regard to various conference tournaments. 

The Blue Jackets had already made preparations of their own in response to the outbreak prior to the NHL's suspension decision, implementing a home-game ban of spectators on Wednesday afternoon following an Ohio Governor Mike DeWine forthcoming order on "mass gatherings" limitation hours earlier.

"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," said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman in his statement.

There is no definitive plan at the moment for a timeline to resume the season or a playoff format. However, multiple reports have indicated a "day-to-day" evaluation process of the situation, in hopes that the suspension can be lifted sooner than later.

Ohio currently has four confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to State Dept. of Health director Amy Acton, and 15 people are currently under investigation. To date, 14 people have tested negative for the virus. 

We will continue to update this story with new statements from the NHL or any comments from the Blue Jackets organization.

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