There will be no more Vegas Golden Knights games for the foreseeable after the National Hockey League officially suspended the 2019-20 regular season.
Due to the growing concern over the pandemic Coronavirus, the Vegas Golden Knights and the rest of the league will now press pause on the regular season.
After the COVID-19 was officially declared a pandemic this week, a slew of major sports events were cancelled around the globe.
Certain states in America opted to ban mass gatherings, with both the San Jose Sharks and the Columbus Blue Jackets set to play in empty arenas.
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However, the alarm bells were set off on Wednesday night when Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert was tested positive for COVID-19, leading to the NBA suspending their regular-season.
As a result, both Major League Baseball and the MLS opted to take the same path, with both organizations suspending their regular seasons today too.
And now the NHL has done the same, although Commissioner Gary Bettman hopes that the regular season can resume at some point.
But, due to the growing seriousness of COVID-19 and the bombshell that hit the NBA on Wednesday, the NHL felt they had no choice but to press the pause button on operations for now.
This was the official statement from the NHL:
As for the Vegas Golden Knights, they were due to take on the Minnesota Wild in the fourth-game of their road trip tonight, but they will now return to Vegas, where all players and other members of the NHL community are being encouraged to self-quarantine.
There will of course be a plethora of questions revolving around the fate of the regular season and the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but it is clear that the NHL intends to tackle this on a day-to-day basis.
All 31 teams will now head home and remain home as this incredibly difficult situation unfolds, with the National Hockey League set to deal with things as and when they arise or develop.
There will be no travel, no meetings and no practices allowed for now but, again, this is a fluid and rapidly-changing situation.
For us at Vegas Hockey Knight, we are currently working on content plans behind-the-scenes and and we won’t be going away, although we will allow things to settle down today in the wake of the NHL suspending play.
For more information about COVID-19, visit the CDC’s website or the website for your state’s Department of Health.