According to Pierre LeBrun of TSN, after a health snag brought up by provisional health authorities, “The NHL has shifted its focus to more detailed conversations with the bids of Edmonton and Toronto after hitting a setback with Vancouver as a hub city.”
Considered one of the favorites to land the second hub city location (Las Vegas being the first), with issues around what might happen if there’s an outbreak, the NHL hasn’t ruled out Vancouver completely, but they’re essentially moving on.
Sources have confirmed that the NHL has shifted to more detailed conversations with the Edmonton and Toronto and Edmonton has made some big strides in being a candidate. TSN’s Ryan Rishaug adds that Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health has signed off fully on a Hub city health and safety plan presented to them by Oilers Entertainment Group.
Can report that Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health @CMOH_Alberta has signed off fully on a Hub city health and safety plan presented to them by OEG. This plan I am told fully checks all of the boxes required by the NHL. This includes protocols in the event of any positive tests during the event, as well as all details on the bubble concept and how to ensure its security. So whatever details are causing a snag in BC don’t appear to be holding up the Alberta bid in any way.
LeBrun notes that Vancouver isn’t totally out as a candidate, but because time is running out to make a decision, things aren’t looking good for their bid. Not to mention, once the NHL realizes the province has doubts about how they’ll handle “a situation”, is there really a way to go back there and revisit the idea?
Lebrun adds, “LA and Chicago remain on standby if it turns out the NHL can’t put a Hub city in Canada to go along with Vegas.”