The NHL announced Thursday morning that all teams are advised not to conduct morning skates, practices or team meetings as the league discusses what to do next amid the outbreak of COVID-19, or coronavirus.
Given the uncertainty regarding next steps regarding the coronavirus, Clubs are advised not to conduct morning skates, practices or team meetings today.— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 12, 2020
While nothing is confirmed as of now, it certainly feels like a league suspension is imminent. The NBA suspended its season Wednesday evening after a player tested positive for coronavirus, and with the NHL sharing arenas with NBA teams, the risk of a hockey player contracting the illness is extremely high.
The NHL Board of Governors is scheduled to have a call at 12 p.m. CT that will determine the next steps. Stay tuned.