Thursday afternoon the NHL hit pause on the season. The Capitals, in line with the league, cancelled morning skate at MedStar Capitals Iceplex, a foreshadowing for what was to come. Here is what they had to say, including working on plans for season ticket holders.
Today, the National Hockey League (NHL) issued a directive that all games are suspended until further notice. Accordingly, the Washington Capitals will not be playing games until the NHL determines next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Capitals will continue to closely monitor the health of players, coaches and hockey operations staff. Those who exhibit illness symptoms will be evaluated by medical personnel and tested when necessary, per CDC guidelines.In addition, the Capitals and Monumental Sports & Entertainment will continue to monitor the situation with an emphasis on the health and safety of our fans, employees and players.
The Capitals will communicate additional information to season ticket holders, partners and other affected parties within the next few days.
The NHL and Monumental Sports announced on Friday they were pulling the plug on the season over growing concerns about Coronavirus. Emotions are mixed: it’s the right call for the health of players, staff and fans while disappointing at the same time as things are left unfinished.
It’s been a great season for the Washington Capitals, except that little stretch of losses. It’s possible the season will resume at some point but the break could change the current trajectory for teams and individual players.
We may never know if they were poised for a rebound as they entered the playoffs.
We may never know if Alexander Ovechkin would hit 50 or more goals.
We may never know if the Caps would go with Braden Holtby or Ilya Samsonov in the playoffs.
We’ll miss seeing John Carlson finish a career high in goals, assists, and points. Would this be his year for the NHL to award the Norris Trophy?
Basically, we will miss hockey. We hope that all of you, and all our Capitals staff and players, remain healthy through this crisis. Hockey is resilient. We bounce back from things like lockouts and we will come back from this. In the meantime- enjoy some family time and we’ll keep watching the boys on IG for a little dose of hockey.