Possible matches behind closed doors : it is necessary to forget Montreal

If the national hockey League (NHL) organizes matches behind closed doors, in the regular season or playoffs, this will not be in Montreal.

This is what was stated on Thursday the expert hockey of the channel TVA Sports Renaud Lavoie, explaining that the coronavirus remains very present in the quebec metropolis. As a result, the authorities of the NHL to look at other options.

On Wednesday, the president of the Panthers of Florida, Matt Caldwell, has left to soar the idea in the conference call for the holding of parties with no spectators in the four cities selected in advance, once per section. Raleigh (Metropolitan), Edmonton (Pacific) and St. Paul (Central) were mentioned, while the side of the Atlantic, the picture appears less clear. “Le Journal de Montreal” has reminded that Montreal, Boston and Buffalo are severely affected by the COVID-19, so that the NHL will look logically on the side of the other five markets of the division.

Also, the league has identified 20 cities where the meetings will prove to be impossible.

The regular schedule of the circuit Bettman is interrupted since 12 march.

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