It wasn’t a matter of “if,” but “when” the NHL would see their first issues with COVID-19 in the 2021 season. And unfortunately, that “when” is today.
The Dallas Stars canceled practice and media availability early on Friday and following the cancellation, announced a COVID outbreak within the organization.
The following statement has been released by the NHL. pic.twitter.com/aJcwSMX03k
— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) January 8, 2021
First and foremost, we wish all the best to those affected by this and hope for their full and speedy recovery to full health. Dallas is coming off of a trip to the Stanley Cup Final last season, falling to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Final held in the bubble created by the league in Edmonton.
Both teams are set to play in the newly formed Central Division for the 2021 season, along with the Chicago Blackhawks. With the announcement that the Stars will be unable to begin their season on time, scheduling changes are coming.
Chicago and Dallas were not scheduled to face each other until a February 7 game in Dallas.