Edmonton Oilers react to NHL season being ‘paused’ over coronavirus pandemic

The Edmonton Oilers will be reaching out to ticket holders, partners and other affected parties with information after the NHL made the decision to press pause on the season in light of the spread of the novel coronavirus.

“We fully support the decision of the NHL to pause the 2019-20 season,” chairman Bob Nicholson said in a statement. “We want to get back to playing games as soon as possible, but this decision is in the best interest of our fans, employees and players.

“Our focus is on their health and safety and doing what we can to combat the spread of the virus. Some things are bigger than the game of hockey.”

The league issued a statement Thursday morning announcing the season was suspended.

“The NHL has been attempting to follow the mandates of health experts and local authorities, while preparing for any possible developments without taking premature or unnecessary measures,” the statement from commissioner Gary Bettman said.

“However, following last night’s news that an NBA player has tested positive for coronavirus — and given that our leagues share so many facilities and locker rooms — it is no longer appropriate to try and continue games at this time.”

The Oilers promised more information as the situation unfolds and thanked fans for support and understanding during this “unprecedented period.”

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