According to multiple reports starting with Brett Cyrgalis of The New York Post, the NHL will suspend the 2019-20 season effective Wednesday due to concerns about the Covid-19 coronavirus. The NHL also released a statement, saying that they will “pause” rather than suspend play.
Though no NHL players have been confirmed to have the coronavirus as of the time of this writing, many NHL teams play in the same arenas as NBA teams. That is the case in Washington, D.C., where the Capitals play at Capital One Arena along with the Wizards.
In addition, it isn’t uncommon to see NHL and NBA players meet each other during games or at least attend them. Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov attended the Wizards’ last home game against the New York Knicks on Mar. 10.
Dmitry Orlov out supporting the Wiz pic.twitter.com/m7KkfHS1Qy— NBC Sports Wizards (@NBCSWizards) March 11, 2020
The Knicks were put into self-quarantine for 14 days because they played within the last 10 days against the Utah Jazz, where Rudy Gobert was found to have the coronavirus yesterday. Furthermore, Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell also has coronavirus after being tested along with the rest of the Utah team.
Jazz star Donovan Mitchell has tested positive for the coronavirus, league sources tell ESPN. Jazz players privately say that Rudy Gobert had been careless in the locker room touching other players and their belongings. Now a Jazz teammate has tested positive.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 12, 2020
The Wizards are currently under a 3-4 day self-quarantine. It would not be surprising if the Capitals and some other NHL teams enter similar procedures themselves.
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