Vancouver officially out as potential National Hockey League hub city

Ross Houston
June 30, 2020

The announcement comes after Health Minister Adrian Dix was questioned earlier Thursday on whether the province's approach to preventing the spread of COVID-19 would lead to Vancouver losing out on the possibility of being a hub city.

"I love the NHL", Dix said, when asked about the Vancouver-NHL bid potentially being scuttled. Paul and Pittsburgh were later eliminated from contention.

This compares favourably with every other jurisdiction with a host-city bid; Alberta's daily new cases have hovered between 30 and 50 for the last two weeks, while Ontario's daily figure fell below 200 this week. We have a good balance. "It has been a collaborative effort from the beginning with the National Hockey League and all parties involved throughout the entire process", Trent Carroll, the COO of Canucks Sports Entertainment, said in a statement released by the Canucks.

Asked about any concerns that Vancouver might be out of the running because of its regulations in place, Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry reaffirmed that B.C. would not compromise its plan in the event that any member of an National Hockey League team were to test positive for the virus.

Vancouver is still on the six-location shortlist, along with Edmonton, and Toronto.

According to sources, health officials in B.C. had been concerned about what would happen if someone within a team quarantine ended up testing positive for COVID-19.

Edmonton presented a strong bid that outlined players, coaches and staffers having minimal contact with the public, thanks to hotels that are connected to Rogers Place via a walkway, as well as plentiful entertainment for players who would have to be confined within as tight a bubble as possible to avoid contracting the novel coronavirus.

Los Angeles has the advantage of having a top-notch facility and experienced operations crew at Staples Center while being a neutral site because the Kings didn't qualify for the expanded playoffs.

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