Update: 10:24 pm
The NHL Players Association released the following statement:
JUST IN: #NHLPA statement regarding the coronavirus pandemic... pic.twitter.com/X7RtmFzpDu— TSN Hockey (@TSNHockey) March 12, 2020
The NHL Public Relations department announced Wednesday night that they would consult with medical officials and make an announcement regarding the status of the NHL season in the morning:
National Hockey League Statement Regarding Coronavirus: https://t.co/AKrmh8ao4F pic.twitter.com/PZ7dQBbGVB— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 12, 2020
This follows the earlier events Wednesday evening as NBA player Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz was pulled from the court seconds before tipoff Wednesday evening and later tested positive for COVID-19 (aka Coronavirus). The NBA announced shortly thereafter that the season was indefinitely suspended.
NBA To Suspend Season Following Tonight's Games pic.twitter.com/2PTx2fkLlW— NBA (@NBA) March 12, 2020
It’s important to remember, as you consider the NBA’s very wise and safe decision, that the NHL and NBA share a large number of spaces—many NHL arenas are also the homes of NBA teams.
All 30 NBA teams can be connected in just the last 5 days.— StatMuse (@statmuse) March 12, 2020
The NBA made the right decision to suspend this season. pic.twitter.com/jUy3X5zwTj
As this is currently a worldwide public health issue and officially classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organization, we hope that the NHL will make the right decision for the safety of its players, its staff, and its fans.
This is a developing story. We’ll continue to provide updates as more news comes out. In the meantime, in case you’ve somehow missed it, you can read about preventing spread of COVID-19 here.
It has been recommended that people do their shopping trips to prepare for the possibility of catching COVID-19 as if for any other severe respiratory illness, like bronchitis—so no need to stock up massively on toilet paper, but do make sure you have over-the-counter medications (acetaminophen, cough suppressants and expectorants, etc.), tissues, a humidifier, and clear liquids (soup, sports drinks, etc). If you have a prescription inhaler, make sure you have that on hand; if you have any respiratory conditions, make a plan with your doctor if you have one. The CDC has further information about what to do if you get sick here.