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NHL delays decision until Thursday whether to suspend season

Updated March 11, 2020 - 8:18 pm

The NHL delayed its decision whether to suspend its season due to the coronavirus pandemic and will announce its plans Thursday.

The league released a statement saying it “is aware of the NBA’s decision tonight to indefinitely suspend its season due to a player testing positive for the coronavirus. The NHL is continuing to consult with medical experts and is evaluating the options. We expect to have a further update (Thursday).”

The Golden Knights are in Minnesota, a team spokesperson confirmed, and are scheduled to play the Wild on Thursday at Xcel Energy Center.

The NHL Players’ Association also released a statement and will continue to discuss with the league whether to continue the season.

“We are in continuous contact with the NHL regarding the coronavirus and the recent announcement by the NBA,” the statement read. “These discussions will continue (Thursday) morning, and we will consult with players before commenting further.” ​

There is precedent for an NHL postseason cancellation. The Stanley Cup was not awarded in 1919 because of the Spanish influenza epidemic.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Contact David Schoen at dschoen@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5203. Follow @DavidSchoenLVRJ on Twitter.

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