NHL Commissioner On How The League Keeps Athletes Safe: ‘Be As Flexible As Possible’

Worker exit the nhl and get in bubble in Toronto, one of two host cities, in addition to Edmonton, where the league has resumed its season.

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Worker go into and exit the NHL bubble in Toronto, one of two host cities, in addition to Edmonton, where the league has actually resumed its season.

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” Weve got to be nimble adequate to react to anything that may occur,” he states.

And so far, players are staying healthy. Considering that moving to the bubbles– in two Canadian cities, Edmonton and Toronto– the league says its given more than 7,000 tests to gamers on 24 teams, and none have come back favorable for COVID-19.

The secret to keeping the league safe, says NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, has been to “be as versatile as possible.”

The National Hockey League resumed play on Saturday, with players emerging from the “bubbles” theyve been hunching down in given that July 26.

” Everybody in the bubble has felt excellent about how its been set up, and in fact a number of gamers have actually been priced estimate as stating that this is the best theyve felt given that the beginning of March,” Bettman says.

The commissioner says each center has real estate, a handful of restaurants, great deals of outdoor space, and is close to the hockey arena.

On how the league adjusted to the pandemic

We had our players go home and isolate. Phase two was we opened training facilities for little groups. Phase 3 was training camps in the house cities of where our clubs play. However we began evaluating routinely– the last complete week of training school, I think we did 2,500 tests and there were no gamer positives.

On the delayed playing seasons

Well end up the 2019-2020 season in early October, which wouldve normally have been when we started next season. I could see us beginning next season– and were expecting playing a full season– in late November, December.

Phase 3 was training camps in the house cities of where our clubs play. We began testing routinely– the last complete week of training camp, I believe we did 2,500 tests and there were no player positives.

Well finish the 2019-2020 season in early October, which wouldve typically have actually been when we started next season. The calendars now shifted. I could see us starting next season– and were preparing for playing a complete season– in late November, December. … Well spend some time off after we finish the playoffs, crown a Stanley Cup champion, and then well begin up once again in November, December, because amount of time.

NPRs Gabe OConnor and Justine Kenin modified this interview and produced for broadcast.