NHL announces postponement of 2020 Draft, Scouting Combine, Awards

NHL announces postponement of 2020 Draft, Scouting Combine, Awards

The NHL announced Wednesday it is postponing three major events -- the 2020 NHL Draft, the 2020 NHL Scouting Combine and the 2020 NHL Awards.

All three events were scheduled to take place in June, but the outbreak of the coronavirus has forced the league to change its schedule to ensure the health and safety of its employees, players, fans and everyone else involved with these events.

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From the league's press release:

The location, timing and format of the 2020 NHL Draft (and Draft Lottery) will be announced when details are finalized.

With respect to the Bridgestone NHL Awards, the League looks forward to returning to Las Vegas in the future. Las Vegas has been the home of the Bridgestone NHL Awards since 2009.

Earlier this month the league paused the regular season amid concerns over the coronavirus. An official timetable for when the season might resume has not been announced.

The postponing of the awards means several Boston Bruins players will have to wait to learn if they'll take home some hardware for their 2019-20 season performances.

For example, Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask is the leading candidate for the Vezina Trophy as the league's most outstanding netminder. Rask leads the league with a 2.12 goals-against average and his .929 save percentage is the highest of any goalie who's played 25-plus games. Bruins right winger David Pastrnak is a leading Hart Trophy (MVP) candidate and tied with Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin in the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy race (top goal scorer). Bruins center Patrice Bergeron also has a strong case to be a finalist for the Frank J. Selke Trophy as one of the top defensive forwards. He's won the award four times.

Members of Bruins organization send supplies, cards to Colby Cave's family

Members of Bruins organization send supplies, cards to Colby Cave's family

Former Boston Bruins forward and current Edmonton Oiler Colby Cave was placed in a medically-induced coma Tuesday after suffering a brain bleed, and the hockey community has sent an outpouring of prayers and support to the Cave family after receiving the terrible news. 

The Oilers released a statement Thursday saying the 25-year-old underwent surgery and will remain in a medically-induced coma to allow his brain to rest after all he's been through. 

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Amid these developments, Cave's wife Emily and his family aren't able to see him due to the growing coronavirus concerns, but she did share an update via Instagram and it looks like the B's have been nothing but supportive. 

From what it looks like, it seems that David Backes (former Bruin), Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, Brad Marchand, Connor Clifton, Charlie Coyle, Steve Kampfer, Adam McQuaid (former Bruin), Charlie McAvoy, Kevan Miller, John Moore, Chris Wagner, Brandon Carlo and their families have sent some supplies, gifts and cards to the Cave family after hearing the news. 

Bruce Cassidy, Jay Leach and other members of the Bruins organization also sent their condolences to the Cave family and commented on the situation on Wednesday.  

Cave was with the Bruins organization from 2015-19 until he was claimed off waivers by the Oilers. 

Zdeno Chara reacts to Tom Brady leaving Patriots: 'I'll always be his fan'

Zdeno Chara reacts to Tom Brady leaving Patriots: 'I'll always be his fan'

Zdeno Chara and Tom Brady both have been Boston sports icons for well over a decade. During that time, they've expressed admiration for each other's games and maintained a close relationship.

So when Brady left the New England Patriots to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last month, Chara was one of many saddened and surprised by the news. Still, the veteran Boston Bruins defenseman remains supportive of Brady's endeavors.

Chara shared his reaction to Brady's departure Thursday on WEEI's "Dale & Keefe."

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"I have to be honest, it was obviously a little mixed feelings," Chara said. "I was sad to see Tom leave. He meant so much to the Boston community, to the fans, to probably every little boy growing up.

"All these inspiring stories, and just a great example on and off the field. So yeah, it was kind of sad to see him leave Boston, but at the same time I’m very supportive of his decision and what he’s trying to go for, and I will always be his fan and his friend and wish him nothing but the best."

After Brady made his Bucs signing official, Chara bid farewell to the six-time Super Bowl champion with a heartfelt Instagram post.

Now that Brady is out of town, Chara is by far Boston's oldest athlete at 43 years old. Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is the second-oldest at 36. Like Brady, Chara doesn't plan to hang 'em up any time soon and doesn't have an age in mind for when he'll retire.

"I don’t like to put the numbers like that," Chara said. "You never know what’s going to happen. I want to play as long as I can and as long as I have fun and I love the game and I’m very passionate about the game, but we’ll see what’s going to happen."

Chara signed a one-year, $2 million extension with the Bruins last year.