On Wednesday, it was reported that some Canadian arenas had been granted permission from their respective provincial government to re-open, provided that no more than five people are on the ice at a time.
Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman now reports in his latest 31 Thoughts column that some people in Toronto weren’t able to follow the rules. He hopes other facilities now open to allow players to enter Phase 2 of the protocol in order to resume play will follow the rules.
“But do be careful about skating in groups. There is a rumour that a facility in Toronto was busted Wednesday night for violating the numbers limit.”
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman guaranteed hockey fans that the league will return at some point this spring/summer earlier this week, but admitted that logistics need to be sorted out. The league is currently looking at 24-team playoff format and hub cities, but nothing is set in stone.
Players and arena staff will need to be careful to make sure this does not interfere and slows down the league’s plan to get the season underway.