The prime minister, Alberta’s Jason Kenney has backed on Tuesday the nomination of the Edmonton Oilers to be one of two host cities with a view to the resumption of the activities of the national hockey League (NHL).
On Monday, TSN reported that the circuit Bettman estimated that “eight or nine different locations” and that a city would be chosen for each Association in the event of recovery. Kenney has advocated for Edmonton on Tuesday, indicating that it was “the safest place” for a return of hockey.
“We continue to work closely with the Edmonton Oilers to prepare the proposal of the Alberta – we are really interested to have the playoffs of the NHL during the summer season shortened, said Kenney during his press conference. And I believe that there are extraordinary arguments.”
“First of all, Alberta has been one of the best places in North America for the response of the public health response to the pandemic. Especially in Edmonton, where the number of cases active – I think we’re at 50 active cases in this population of 1.2 million people in the region.”
The NHL has suspended its activities on march 12, due to the coronavirus. The instances of the circuit are working, however, on the reopening of club facilities in the coming weeks. And then, many media have discussed the possibility of organizing a playoff involving 24 training courses, including the Montreal canadiens.