This afternoon, the NHL announced via their social media channels that the league will be postponing the 2020 NHL Scouting Combine, NHL Awards, and NHL Draft that were all scheduled to take place in June.
The National Hockey League today announced the postponements of the 2020 NHL Scouting Combine, the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Awards, and the 2020 NHL Draft, which were originally scheduled for June 1-6 in Buffalo, N.Y., June 18 in Las Vegas, and June 26-27 in Montreal, respectively, due to the ongoing uncertainty resulting from the coronavirus.
The location, timing and format of the 2020 NHL Draft (and Draft Lottery) will be announced when details are finalized.
With respect to the Bridgestone NHL Awards, the League looks forward to returning to Las Vegas in the future. Las Vegas has been the home of the Bridgestone NHL Awards since 2009.
Seeing as the league is still hanging onto hope that they’ll be able to resume the current season at some point, it seemed like only a matter of time before they would postpone any events that can only take place when the year is finished. I mean, it doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to figure out that the NHL Awards can’t happen before the theoretical end of the current schedule, ya know? Just this morning, I wrote about the NHL asking teams to find available home dates in August which, if it’s even possible, would obviously eliminate the ability to hold any of these events as currently scheduled.
Personally, I think we’re moving closer to the moment when the league shuts the season down entirely even though they’re still jumping through hoops to try and make it work, and today’s announcement would be another item knocked off the to-do list for when we eventually get there. Obviously, as a hockey fan, I’m hoping that we’ll be able to see some kind of conclusion to the 2019-20 season even if it means empty arenas, but as someone that reads the news, I’m having a hard time seeing how that could be possible. Needless to say, my hopes remain high that we’ll be able to find a way back to normal life sooner than later, but when that will actually happen is anyone’s guess at this point.
As always, all we can do is hurry up and wait.