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NHL “Pauses” Season In Wake Of Coronavirus Concern

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 12: A goal sits on the empty ice prior to the Detroit Red Wings playing against the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena on March 12, 2020 in Washington, DC. Yesterday, the NBA suspended their season until further notice after a Utah Jazz player tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). The NHL said per a release, that the uncertainty regarding next steps regarding the coronavirus, Clubs were advised not to conduct morning skates, practices or team meetings today. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The NHL announced they are pausing the hockey season in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The announcement came after the NBA suspended their season after Utah Jazz players Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell tested positive for COVID-19 (the illness from Coronavirus).

The halt of the NHL begins with games being played the evening of March, 12.

“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,” read the statement.

NHL teams are currently in the playoff hunt. The regular season runs from October to early April. The league has made no mention of the impact the “pause” will have on the postseason.

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  • Avoid close contact with people who may be sick
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