The National Hockey League (NHL) has pushed back time from the holiday season by another day after postponing Monday’s 14-match schedule to allow the federation and teams time to complete the games. test for COVID-19 and assess their performance.
With the latest postponements bringing the total to 64 games, the NHL said in a statement on Friday that it plans to resume the regular season on Tuesday.
The federation said: “In order to allow the federation the appropriate opportunity to analyze the league-wide test results and assess the club’s readiness to play, the target date for resuming the game play will be postponed for one more day,” the federation said.
“Teams will return to training on December 26, and it is expected that the league will provide an update on its plans to return to play late Sunday.”
The league was originally set to be closed Friday to Sunday for Christmas but the NHL and its players’ union have agreed this week to shut down Wednesday through Saturday as coronavirus cases continue. increase.
NHL players will not compete in men’s ice hockey at next year’s Beijing Winter Olympics due to concerns about COVID-19. The federation said it would use the Olympic window to reschedule postponed matches.
Reporting by Hritika Sharma in Bengaluru; Edited by William Mallard