- Three Ottawa Senators games were postponed by the NHL on Monday owing to a COVID-19 outbreak on the team.
- Tickets bought for Thursday and Saturday will be honoured when the matches are rescheduled, as per the Senators.
On Monday, the NHL postponed three Ottawa Senators games due to a COVID-19 outbreak on the squad, marking the first time North America’s major professional sports leagues have had to reschedule games this fall due to the coronavirus.
The games slated for Tuesday in New Jersey, Thursday at home against Nashville, and Saturday at home against the New York Rangers have been cancelled.
In addition, the NHL has placed ten Senators players, including assistant coach Jack Capuano, under the COVID-19 protocol, although the team was shorthanded on Sunday due to the epidemic’s severity.
So far this season, neither the NFL nor the NBA have had to postpone a game. There were nine virus-related postponements of the 2,430 scheduled games in Major League Baseball, down from 45 in last year’s shorter 900-game schedule.
During the previous regular season, the NHL postponed 51 games due to a viral outbreak.
The epidemic’s severity prompted the decision to postpone games, which the league said was decided in light of the evidence of further spread in recent days.
As a result, Ottawa played shorthanded in a 4-0 loss to Calgary on Sunday. As a precaution, the Senators are closed until at least Saturday, with their training facilities inaccessible to players until then.
“The Senators organization has followed, and will continue to follow, all recommended rules set by the NHL, municipal, provincial, and national agencies aimed at preserving the health and safety of its players, staff, and community at large,” the league said in a statement.
“As a precaution, the team’s training facilities have been closed to players, effective immediately, and will stay closed until further notice.”
If pandemic circumstances cause the cancellation of so many games that a nearly three-week break in February is not practicable, the league and Players’ Association have until January 10 to withdraw from the 2022 Winter Olympics. The NHL was still deciding when the Senators’ games against the Devils, Predators, and Rangers would be rescheduled.
On Sunday, Batherson instituted protocol.
According to the franchise, Senators Sports & Entertainment’s top focus is the health and safety of the local community, venue patrons, and the organization’s personnel and players.
Forward When he was added to the list on Sunday, Drake Batherson became the most recent Senators player to be placed under the NHL’s COVID-19 procedure.
Batherson will join Austin Watson, Nick Holden, Josh Brown, Connor Brown, Dylan Gambrell, Matt Murray, Victor Mete, Alex Formenton, and Nikita Zaitsev.
According to the Senators, tickets purchased for Thursday and Saturday will be honoured when the games are rescheduled.
It’s the second year in a line that a Canadian team has struggled with COVID-19 difficulties. The Vancouver Canucks’ 2020-21 season was delayed by a huge epidemic.
On March 30, Canucks forward Adam Gaudette was withdrawn from practice after testing positive for COVID-19, the first of 22 players and four staff members, including head coach Travis Green, to have the virus.
Nine games were eventually postponed for a total of 19 days in Vancouver. After returning to play, they lost seven of their final ten games, finishing bottom in the all-Canadian North Division.
Source: CBC News
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