The National Hockey League announced on Sunday that the Detroit Red Wings would be shut down until at least after the league’s Holiday Break.
SCHEDULE UPDATE: The @DetroitRedWings have been shut down at least through the scheduled completion of the @NHL’s Holiday Break in the schedule on Dec. 26. https://t.co/E57I3F2Hom pic.twitter.com/2CUmMc8oBQ
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) December 19, 2021
The Wings would be eligible to resume their schedule against the New York Rangers on December 27.
Robby Fabbri and Michael Rasmussen had been placed on the COVID list on Thursday. Givani Smith, Carter Rowney, Alex Nedeljkovic, and coaches Jeff Blashill and Alex Tanguay were added on Saturday morning. Filip Zadina was a late addition on Saturday, announced just before the Red Wings hosted the New Jersey Devils.
The team had only one game remaining on the schedule in the week leading up to Christmas anyway, a Thursday visit to the Minnesota Wild. Monday’s matchup between the Wings and Colorado in Detroit had already been postponed due to COVID concerns with the Avalanche.
The Red Wings join the Avalanche, Calgary Flames, and Florida Panthers as teams having been temporarily shut down.
As I said yesterday, some kind of league-wide shutdown seems inevitable at this point. There are over 100 players across the league in COVID protocol. This isn’t contained.
Cross-border travel was also cancelled through the end of the Holiday Break so no one would be forced to quarantine on the wrong side of a border for Christmas.
So it seems like the league recognizes that it’s not contained. But, to give them the benefit of the doubt, it’s also not contained in communities, so would shutting the league down actually do any good? I’m not an epidemiologist, I don’t know.