Following a Covid-19 outbreak within the Vancouver Canucks team, the National Hockey League has abruptly delayed the team's scheduled return to the ice.
The league had scheduled the Canucks to play the Edmonton Oilers on Friday, the team's first game since March 24, but has now delayed the return just over 24 hours before the puck was to be dropped.
"The decision to extend the period prior to the team's resumption of play was made to provide Club staff and Players with additional time for recovery and preparation following its recent Covid outbreak," the league's statement on Thursday said.
Some context: This delay comes a day after Canucks forward J.T. Miller told reporters that he thought it was "dangerous" to be rushed back onto the ice after the team dealt with a Covid-19 outbreak in which at least 21 players tested positive for the virus.
"We try to talk about the number one priority being the player's health and their families' safety, and it's almost impossible to do what they've asked us to do here on our return," Miller said on Wednesday.
A date for a return to play has not announced yet, but the league expects it to be released on Friday.