NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE SUSPENDS 2019-20 SEASON
National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today released the following statement regarding the 2019-20 NHL season:
“In light of ongoing developments resulting from the coronavirus, and after consulting with medical experts and convening a conference call of the Board of Governors, the National Hockey League is announcing today that it will pause the 2019‑20 season beginning with tonight’s games.
“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.
“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.”
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS STATEMENT ON SUSPENSION OF THE 2019-20 NHL SEASON
Following the National Hockey League’s suspension of the 2019-20 season, Toronto Maple Leafs President and Alternate Governor Brendan Shanahan provided the following statement:
“The health and safety of our fans, players, staff and media always remains at the forefront of our decision-making as a hockey club and League, and the Toronto Maple Leafs are in full support of the decision reached today by the NHL, its member clubs and players.
Like you, we have many questions about what’s to come in the future. We will continue to monitor this situation and will remain in contact with Toronto Public Health, Public Health Agency of Canada and the National Hockey League. We will provide relevant team updates as they become available.
Our thanks to our fans for their support and understanding as we continue to navigate this very fluid situation.”
Montreal Canadiens statement following the NHL’s decision
The Montreal Canadiens have taken note of the National Hockey League’s decision to pause the current season as of today.
The Canadiens support this decision, which is focused on controlling the risk of spreading the coronavirus (COVID-19). We take the health and safety of our fans very seriously, and the same standard applies to our players, team personnel and employees.
Ticket holders are invited to keep their tickets. They will be contacted at a later date with further details as events unfold.
We wish to thank our fans for their support and understanding.