NEW YORK (Ambush Sports) — The National Hockey League (NHL) is monitoring the ongoing situation regarding the Coronavirus outbreak, as a result of the National Basketball Association (NBA) suspending its league operations indefinitely.
The league released a short statement Wednesday night regarding the situation:
The National Hockey League is aware of the NBA’s decision tonight to indefinitely suspend its season due to a player testing positive for the coronavirus. The NHL is continuing to consult with medical experts and is evaluating the options. We expect to have a further update tomorrow.
The league operations suspension was prompted during the matchup between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Utah Jazz. The game was postponed after it was announced that Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for Coronavirus, in reports from NBA insiders Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN and Shams Charania from The Athletic.
A member of the Thunder medical team ran onto the floor to meet with league officials, confirmed by ESPN’s Royce Young, who was in attendance at the arena. Following a brief consultation, head coaches Quin Snyder and Billy Donovan were brought over before both teams were required to relocate back to their locker rooms.
NBA referees got on the headset with the league office and would later leave.
What transpired from the delay was the Thunder mascot shooting halfcourt shots, children performing a dance routine and a mini-concert from Frankie J, who was slated to perform at halftime.
The game was officially called off by Thunder PA announcer Mario Nanni, citing that the fans were safe and the game was postponed.