We wish it was all a dream but it has really come to this: commissioner Gary Bettman made it official on Thursday announcing that the 2019-20 season has been suspended indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The NHL is focused on potentially resuming play in three weeks, as one NHL governor suggested to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, however on Friday morning, it seems unthinkable now.
“Three weeks would be the absolute optimistic minimum, but I don’t see that happening…” explained Dreger.
“I think it’s gonna take longer to sort this out. And this isn’t the NHL’s position, this is me looking at life. Two to three weeks is probably not realistic.” said Carolina Hurricanes team owner Tom Dundon.
While the NHL will do everything to resume the season, it sounds like other involved parties are getting ready for a much longer hiatus. On Thursday, the major of New York Bill De Blasio stated that the Madison Square Garden will likely be closed for months.
The league, just like any other professional sport association, will have to follow guidelines and it will all depend on the health of players, how many (if any) have contracted coronavirus, and recommendations from the health community.
It may be a much longer pause than first anticipated… Let’s all focus on being well and getting back to hockey when the time is right.