NHL advances Christmas break and pauses for five days due to Covid cases

The League and the players’ association have reached an agreement to bring forward the Christmas break due to the many Covid cases circulating among the teams.

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The NHL is taking an early vacation. The League and the NHLPA (National Hockey League Players Association) announced on Monday December 20 that the championship would be put on hiatus from December 22 to 27, in order to contain the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic.

While the four games of Wednesday, December 22 (Colorado-Buffalo, Montreal-Rangers, Winnipeg-Dallas and Edmonton-Los Angeles) had already been postponed, the League decided to suspend the 15 oppositions scheduled for the next day, Wednesday 23. The players will therefore go on vacation after the matches on December 21, two days earlier than the schedule initially planned.

After spending four days at home, without travelling, players will have to return to their club on December 26 to be tested. They would only be able to access training facilities if the test result is negative. Games will resume on December 27, with 28 of the 32 franchises on deck.

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