Well, it’s official.
The NHL and the Minnesota Wild have announced that the 2021 NHL Winter Classic which was set for January 1st, 2021 at Target Field in Minneapolis has been postponed to January 1st, 2022. Also, the NHL All-Star weekend which was to be played in Sunrise, Florida has been cancelled.
I think this was a good choice on the NHLs’ part and the Minnesota Wild too. I’ve had a feeling that this was going to happen for a while now with many states going into lockdown again and the second wave of COVID-19 most likely coming. This second wave will hit urban communities the worst like Minneapolis.
There has been a lot of talk that the NHL will have to do the regular season in a bubble when that comes. I think this is a good idea based on the success of the previous bubble. However, the owners will lose a lot of money if the whole season is done without fans. The NHL could follow the example of many professional leagues around the world including the MLB and the NFL and have a small capacity of fans socially distanced.
Hopefully, we will have hockey in January. Wild fans disappointed by this decision still have a lot to look forward to this season especially getting their first look at Russian winger, Kirill Kaprizov.
Tell me what you guys think of the NHL’s choice on this.
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