The NHLPA executive director Don Feh told the Associated Press that the league has ‘no plans’ on having a bubble for the 2021-21 season. This is great news and it proves they’re listening to player feedback AND COVID data.
“Certainly not for a season, of course not. No body is going to do that for four months or six months to anything like that,” Feh said. “Whether we could create some protected environments that people would be tested and they’d be clean when they came in and lasted for some substantially shorter period of time with people cycling in and out is one of the things I suspect we will examine.”
The NHL is currently in the process of building a committee to help answer some of these tough questions, but he’s absolutely spot on here. Players and their families aren’t going to accept any scenario where they give up their freedoms like caged animals.
Their first course of action will be solidifying a start date that figures to be sometime around December 1st, but the juries out. However long they delay the season will buy them even more time to figure out how they execute the 2020-21 regular season.
Science says let these boys live
CDC data is starting to backpedal on their death tolls and sports leagues are beginning to take note. Data reveals that survival rates are now exceeding 99% for all ages, except those 70 and older. Last time we checked, no players in the NHL were senior citizens, so let the games begin.
Schools in Florida have been open for over a month with a steady decline in COVID cases, yet the NHL has to pretend to be afraid? This league is proving they won’t bend the knee for anybody and it will make the country better because of that fearlessness. Throw all the praise at commissioner Gary Bettman for having a spine and we can’t wait for this league to reincorporate the fan experience.
Thank you, NHL.