As the sports world continues to be stopped due to the coronavirus outbreak, the NHL decided to postpone its spring and summer events.
The league announced Wednesday that the 2020 NHL Draft, scouting combine and Bridgestone NHL Awards will be moved back due to the pandemic that has enveloped the world.
The @NHL has announced the postponements of the 2020 NHL Scouting Combine, the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Awards and the 2020 NHL Draft. https://t.co/m0mXPAyIhN #NHLCombine #NHLDraft #NHLAwards pic.twitter.com/iWZjW1Yw1f— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 25, 2020
The league does not yet know the location, timing or format of the 2020 draft or draft lottery, but will announce those details when they are finalized.
The NHL chose to pause its season indefinitely on March 12, a day after the NBA started the wave by suspending its campaign after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the virus.
MLB, MLS, the NCAA and the PGA Tour all followed suit, with the NCAA choosing to cancel both the men's and women's basketball tournaments.
As of Wednesday, there were more than 54,000 cases in the United States and more than 780 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control, state and local governments and NBC News reporting.