The NHL says it is evaluating its options for the rest of the 2019-20 season after the NBA suspended its season until further notice on Wednesday night.
The NBA made its decision after a Utah Jazz player tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
The NHL expects to make a further announcement Thursday.
“We just heard, it’s still a little fresh and we haven’t had time to digest or anything,” Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid said after his team lost 4-2 to the visiting Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday.
“Obviously it’s unfortunate, but public health and safety is a priority and it’s more important than any sporting event right now. The NHL is going to review and they will make a decision whether or not to keep playing, but it’s out of our hands.”
Jets captain Blake Wheeler said his team found out the NBA’s decision after the first period of the Winnipeg-Edmonton game.
Edmonton defenceman Darnell Nurse understands why the NBA made the call.
“Obviously the suspension of a season … that stinks for anyone,” said Nurse. “But you’ve got to put public safety and public health ahead of everything. I think obviously it’s an unfortunate situation but sport and lives are two things that are very different and you’ve got to worry about one over the other.”
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