Vancouver out as National Hockey League mulls hub cities for restart

  • Vancouver out as National Hockey League mulls hub cities for restart

Vancouver out as National Hockey League mulls hub cities for restart

Sportsnet's Iain MacIntyre reported on Wednesday that "discussions between the NHL, Canucks and provincial and regional health officials to finalize plans for Vancouver are stuck on a key concern: contingency plans should a player or players test positive for COVID-19 within the "bubble" the league wants established around teams".

According to the website the Athletic, six cities are still in the running: Las Vegas, Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Los Angeles and Chicago, with observers saying the plan is for one city in Canada and one in the United States.

"Vancouver, and anybody who's paying any attention at all knows, that it is the best possible place for them to come because we enforce public health rules in British Columbia thoroughly and completely", he added. This is the reason to come.

"They're very intelligent people and they'll have their own considerations, and considerations that might make Las Vegas or somewhere else a better location than Vancouver", he said.

"I'm disappointed the National Hockey League playoffs won't be coming to Vancouver, but we will not bend the rules on public health guidelines and risk the progress we've made", he said. We are proud of the progress B.C. has made, and we have been clear that we will not bend our rules and risk this progress.

The announcement comes after Health Minister Adrian Dix was questioned earlier Thursday on whether the province's approach to preventing the spread of COVID-19 would lead to Vancouver losing out on the possibility of being a hub city. It's believed that Vegas is a lock for the National Hockey League, too, so you're really just talking about Chicago, Edmonton, Los Angeles, and Toronto.

This compares favourably with every other jurisdiction with a host-city bid; Alberta's daily new cases have hovered between 30 and 50 for the last two weeks, while Ontario's daily figure fell below 200 this week.

The NHL, now in Phase 2 of their four-phase return plan, is now scheduled to move to Phase 3 of their return plan on July 10, and with game action projected to begin three weeks later barring a setback.