NHL draft, awards and combine postponed indefinitely
Bad news for you hockey fans out there- the NHL has decided to postpone the draft, awards show and combine for the foreseeable future. The announcement comes after extending the isolation period for players and staff earlier this week, and of course, the original decision to postpone the season.
The NHL combine was the earliest of the three events and was planned for the first week of June in Buffalo, New York. A couple of weeks later the Awards show was supposed to go down in Las Vegas, but that’s also been sidelined. Could we see a repeat of the lockout, with no player awards given out? Only time will tell.
The @NHL has announced the postponements of the 2020 NHL Scouting Combine, the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Awards and the 2020 NHL Draft. https://t.co/m0mXPAyIhN #NHLCombine #NHLDraft #NHLAwards pic.twitter.com/iWZjW1Yw1f
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 25, 2020
Finally, the draft was scheduled for the end of June, and Montreal was set to host the event. Canadian Alexis Lafrenière was widely expected to take first overall. Who knows though, maybe this is a catalyst for a switch up when it happens.
We know that this is a bummer for hockey fans around the world, but we trust that the NHL knows what they’re doing. After all, we’d much rather see a full return to form than back and forth for a few months.
If you need us, we will be binge-watching NHL highlights over the past three decades on YouTube.