Due to coronavirus concerns, the NHL season has paused its regular season until further notice. The saying that the season will be paused and will resume once it is found appropriate. They are hoping the stoppage will not impact the Stanley Cup playoffs.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said, "In light of ongoing developments resulting from the coronavirus, and after consulting with medical experts and convening a conference call of the Board of Governors, the National Hockey League is announcing today that it will pause the 2019‑20 season."
Before the pause was announced, many teams had planned to play in front of an empty crowd and were shutting their doors to fans in order to help reduce the spread of the virus.
With the season now officially paused, many NHL players took to social media and spoke to reporters to share their thoughts on the season taking a halt.
Here are some player reactions:
Zdeno Chara said the news is difficult to process, but players respect the NHL's decision.
P.K. Subban said the reality is bigger than hockey and encouraged everyone to do everything they can to stay healthy.
#FlaPanthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky is going to donate $100,000 to make sure all part-time staff who work at BB&T Center get paid during this hiatus. His teammates will match that $100,000 with ownership putting in whatever else is needed. pic.twitter.com/SKNSrjrecO— George Richards (@GeorgeRichards) March 13, 2020
Tuukka Rask spoke about the situation briefly following practice.
Many teams released statements on the situation.
The Toronto Maple Leafs said they will provide updates once they have them.
The Carolina Hurricanes wrote a message telling everyone to treat their community with compassion and selflessness.
Many fans are wondering how the team's will handle tickets for games impacted by the stoppage.
The Colorado Avalanche said fans will either receive a refund, credit or be presented with another option.