National Hockey League postpones draft, combine, awards due to coronavirus

Ross Houston
March 28, 2020

"The form and format of resumption of play scenarios will depend entirely on what transpires between now and when we are permitted and able to resume - and, ultimately, on timing and taking into account logistical constraints", the league announced.

Recall that the current season in the National hockey League was stopped on March 12 due to the threat of the spread of coronavirus.

Due to the uncertainty surrounding the current coronavirus pandemic, the NHL has made a decision to postpone the 2020 NHL Scouting Combine, the 2020 NHL Awards and the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, which were scheduled throughout June. The project was initially planned for June 26 to 27 in Montreal.


No new dates have been announced, which tells me that league officials are just like the rest of us - we have no idea how long the global pandemic is going to last.

The postponing of the awards means several Boston Bruins players will have to wait to learn if they'll take home some hardware for their 2019-20 season performances.

It appears the NHL Awards Show will not take place this year.


The NHL has never canceled a draft since it was first held in 1963. The NHL, however, has not held a draft remotely in a non-lockout season since the 1970s. The event reportedly moved from the Las Vegas Strip to a Las Vegas television studio.

In addition, the NHL Draft lottery will not go on as scheduled in early April.


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