The BC government “remains reluctant” to allow NHL teams to travel to the province for games, according to a report by Ryan Rishaug of TSN.
According to a league source, at this point the BC government is still refusing to allow NHL teams to travel to the province for games. That may change as discussions continue, but remains their position for now, even with the additional security protocols outlined today by @frank_seravalli
– Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) December 20, 2020
That could cause problems for the Vancouver Canucks, who hope to host games at Rogers Arena for the first time since March 10, but without fans.
NHL owners and players reached a tentative 56-game season deal on Friday, with the season starting Jan. 13. The plan, which is still subject to change, calls for an all-Canadian division, with the seven Canadian teams playing the entire season between them.
Unlike last summer’s playoffs, it wouldn’t involve a bubble and teams would play matches in their home arenas. This means that travel across the country would be involved, which appears to be a concern for the government of British Columbia given the increase in the number of COVID-19 across Canada.
NHL teams travel in private planes, and according to a report from TSN’s Frank Seravalli, players and staff will have strict rules restricting their movement in highway towns to the rink, practice rink and hotel. of the team. Players and staff will also be tested regularly for the virus.
The language in the protocol continues to change and will continue with input from provincial health authorities.
No customers in hotel rooms. No use of the hotel gym. No housekeeping. Allocated seats on buses and planes. In-flight catering eliminated where possible etc.
Everything is specified.
– Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) December 19, 2020
If the NHL and the BC government can’t come to an agreement, it could force the Canucks to temporarily relocate to another Canadian city outside the province.
The two sides can still reach an agreement, but a decision will have to be taken soon. NHL training camps are slated to start on January 3, just over two weeks.