COVID-19 cases are spiking across the United States which has led to the NHL becoming the first professional sports league to pause its 2021-2022 season.
A press release provided by the National Hockey League Players’ Association states:
Under the revised schedule, Dec. 22, Dec. 23, Dec. 24 and Dec. 25 (Christmas Day) shall be off days for all purposes — including travel.
Players will report back to their Clubs on Dec. 26, which shall be used for testing, practice and/or travel only. Upon return from the Holiday Break to team facilities, no individual in the team’s Traveling Party shall enter the facility (other than for testing purposes) until they have a negative test result. Any practice scheduled for Dec. 26 must begin after 2:00 p.m. local time.
The League’s regular-season schedule will resume on Monday, Dec. 27.
The NHL postponed the Devils final game before the holiday break to help protect the health of New Jersey's roster.@CatherineBogart reports in Devils Now presented by @RWJBarnabas. pic.twitter.com/DYg7aGcFLI— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) December 20, 2021