Support for the decision by the NHL to pause the 2019-20 season on Thursday due to concerns for the coronavirus poured in from teams across the League.

Support for the decision by the NHL to pause the 2019-20 season on Thursday due to concerns for the coronavirus poured in from teams across the League.

Support for the decision by the NHL to pause the 2019-20 season on Thursday due to concerns for the coronavirus poured in from teams across the League.”The health and safety of our fans, players, staff and media always remains at the forefront of our decision-making as a hockey club and League, and the Toronto Maple Leafs are in full support of the decision reached today by the NHL, its member clubs and players,” Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan said in a statement. “Like you, we have many questions about what’s to come in the future. We will continue to monitor this situation and will remain in contact with Toronto Public Health, Public Health Agency of Canada and the National Hockey League. We will provide relevant team updates as they become available.”
All teams currently on the road have been directed to return home. It is unclear at this time if any teams will decide to self-quarantine players, coaches and staff members.
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Philadelphia Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said the League made the prudent decision to pause the season.
“This is bigger than hockey, bigger than sports in general,” Fletcher said in Tampa where the Flyers were scheduled to play the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday. “I think the Commissioner and the board of governors made the only rational decision they could make at this point and time. Hopefully, it’s just a pause and the situation gets better and we have a chance to come back and play some meaningful hockey.”
All practices and team meetings have also been put on pause indefinitely. 
“The Capitals will continue to closely monitor the health of players, coaches and hockey operations staff,” the Washington Capitals said in a statement. “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.”
Teams are now also in the process of communicating to their fans and ticket holders about the next steps, including how they will provide updates to ticket holders for the games affected by the decision to pause the season. 
“This is obviously a tough and disappointing decision for everyone, but one that is appropriate to prioritize the safety of our fans, partners, players and staff,” the Tampa Bay Lightning said in a statement. “The team will continue to work in consultation with the NHL, as well as with city and county representatives, to monitor the situation moving forward. The Lightning will be making additional announcements, including regarding ticket information, as details become available.”
The Los Angeles Kings also announced their support for the State of California, which has announced that all mass gatherings should either be postponed or cancelled. 
“The LA Kings support these directives and remain committed to the safety and well-being of our fans, partners, players and staff during this unprecedented time that is impacting our entire community,” the Kings said in a statement. “As this situation continues to evolve, we remain committed to delivering timely details as new information is available and encourage everyone to follow the health and safety guidelines as outlined by the CDC and WHO.”

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