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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.