After you have learned this weekend that the NHL was planning to return for the closure of the coronavirus in Las Vegas and in Vancouver, the insider Sportsnet, Elliotte Friedman reported Tuesday evening that the Vancouver bid to host 12 teams, had been a “glitch”.
A source says that talks between the NHL, the Canucks and the responsible provincial and regional health authorities to finalize the plans for Vancouver are blocked on a key concern: the emergency plans are if a player or players prove to be positive for COVID-19 in the “bubble” that the league wants to develop around the teams.
As noted by Friedman, we do not know the extent of the problem may defeat the nomination of Vancouver, but the NHL is eager to finalise its cities hubs. An announcement could happen this week. Talks between the league and the health officials from British Columbia were underway on Wednesday afternoon.
The NHL commissioner, Gary Bettman, and deputy commissioner Bill Daly have stated that they do not believe that a positive test should stop the tournament for the Stanley Cup.
Edmonton and Toronto, which have re-submitted their application to the NHL after extended and reinforced the bubble as proposed, are the other canadian candidates to the organization of playoff games.
Despite the increase in the number of COVID in Nevada – and in a large part of the United States – the NHL would always Las Vegas as a leader because of the extent and the safety of the bubble that the massive MGM Resorts can provide around T-Mobile Arena. Los Angeles and Chicago are the other candidates in the cities-centers in the United States.
The Prime minister Justin Trudeau has approved the return of the NHL in Canada last week by amending the requirement of mandatory quarantine of 14 days in the country so that NHL coming from abroad, they can be quarantined together so they can train and train.
“Canada is open as long as it is authorized by the local health authorities,” said Trudeau.
Since then, the staff of the NHA, through its teams, discussed with the local health authorities.
The general manager of the Canucks, Jim Benning, and the chief operating officer, Trent Carroll, congratulated the province of British Columbia. and the authorities Vancouver Coastal Health, during the closing of the coronavirus for their leadership and support.
The province has said that 13 new cases of COVID-19 – Alberta had 45, Ontario 216 – and with to 32.7 deaths per million, British Columbia has one of the mortality rate the lowest of all major jurisdictions in North America and Europe.
BC. the chief medical officer Dr. Bonnie Henry became a superstar, and if it’s a choice between what she says to be sure and what the NHL wants, most of Vancouver would probably be on the side of the doctor.
“In the end, we want to choose the safest cities,” said Daly on Sportsnet in may. “And” safest “is to determine the state of the virus in the city and whether the city’s control and the health facilities available.”