The team said in a statement, “Although Vancouver is not a hub city, we are always happy to see hockey start again.” Training camp is expected to resume at Rogers Arena in the coming weeks.
– Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) June 25, 2020
Prime Minister John Horgan said in a tweet that he will continue to cheer on the Canucks wherever they play.
“I am disappointed that the NHL playoffs are not coming to Vancouver, but we will not bypass the rules on public health guidelines and we will not risk the progress we have made. Protecting the health and safety of the people of British Columbia is our number one priority, ”he tweeted.
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The league has moved to Edmonton and Toronto as an option, depending on the mode of virus transmission.
The NHL is looking for two hub cities as part of its playoff goal – one for the Eastern Conference and one for the Western Conference.
South of the border, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and Minneapolis / St. Paul is also considered, and Las Vegas is considered a favorite.
Provincial health official Dr. Bonnie Henry spoke about the nomination earlier on Thursday.
“Basically, the fact that we take the health of the players and the health of our province as the primary concern, in terms of the fact that the NHL plays in Vancouver, I actually think it’s positive for us and that it should were something the NHL saw as a positive partnership. We are doing very well. We have a good balance. But in no way was I going to jeopardize the health of people here in British Columbia in any way, and we said that very clearly, “said Henry.
“We have also made it very clear that we are absolutely ready to partner with the NHL to ensure that the health of the players and the people who were here in British Columbia, if Vancouver were a hub city, would also be paramount.”