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Canada/USA Boarder Closure Extended A Month

from Chris Johnston of Spotsnet,

The NHL remains "hopeful" that an extended Canada-U.S. border closure will not "materially affect the resumption of play timelines we are currently contemplating," according to deputy commissioner Bill Daly.

That comment comes in the wake of Tuesday morning’s announcement from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that the border between the countries will remain closed to non-essential travel through June 21.

It’s not immediately clear if NHL players and staff might be granted exemptions that could facilitate travel back to playing cities before then.

The NHL has been hoping to open team facilities for small-group workouts and start progressing through the phases of its return-to-play protocol.


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Frank Seravalli of TSN,

“I remain hopeful that today’s announcement will not materially impact our return to play planning,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said.

The reason for that hope is that the border only remains closed for “non-essential travel,” which is defined as tourism, recreation and entertainment.

Healthy people may continue to cross the border for “non-discretionary” reasons – for work and employment purposes - and NHL players and team personnel fall into that category.

Most non-Canadian players on Canadian NHL clubs hold a work permit, according to an immigration source, which would qualify them as a temporary worker and allow them to cross the border during the pandemic.

A similar work visa exists for Canadian players who play for U.S.-based teams.


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/19/20 at 03:21 PM ET

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TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun reports the NHL-NHLPA Return To Play Committee has remained in constant dialogue since Saturday, with the hope being to reach a resolution over the next seven to 10 days.

LeBrun adds, however, that there are no guarantees of a resolution being reached in that timeline.


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/19/20 at 03:28 PM ET

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Exemptions, LMAO Add two weeks on top of Border opening for isolation.. Never, Never does NHL tell the whole truth.  There might even be an infection of one player on one team.  Players might be no shows (likely). See you in Aug, maybe.

Whoever said exemptions should go back to covering pole vaulting. Bothe Trudeau and Trump have to agree, premiers of provinces and some states might put up a fight.

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 05/19/20 at 11:06 PM ET


IN order for a league to operate I’m sure the NHL would be granted a waiver for the teams to travel across borders.  The fans, no, no.  If you are in Windsor and games played at Little Ceasers you would be out of luck.  BTW seats could be pricey cause you are buying a whole row!!

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 05/20/20 at 04:26 PM ET

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/19/20 at 03:21 PM ET

Sorry Paul but a Work Permit will not work.

One example, In the lower mainland of BC , (Fruit/Vegetable) Growers bring in immigrants every every year ( mostly the same employees) to help with harvests.  They have work permits but had the 14 day isolation and some Covid-19 testing. There were long delays for some reason.  This is a big profit business in BC.

Canada and the US seem to have the same problem, Trump and and individual States seem to disagree on who decides.  In Canada most provinces are n good shape but Ontario and Quebec are in deep Covid problems. The majority , by far, in Federal elections live in Ontario and Quebec.

Knowing the spot Prime Minister Trudeau is in and this is a unique situation (Covid-19) there will be some delays.

Keep in mind there are many Canadian residents stranded in other Countries, Married and separated , family members, etc by the Canadian Border Blockage since March 2020. Not buckling to Canadian Citizens (able to Vote in Canada) whose families are separated by the border blockage, tells me the PM is serious about this.

Oddly Trump and Trudeau easily agree on this but Trump has election issues approaching.  There has been speculation that the Border is one of Safety concerns and it will be Blocked until all is really safe.

Now , that being said this is the NHL and Politics.  With a proposed restart everything seems to change daily, nothing is impossible and nothing has been decided (I Think).

You may easily be right!  I just believe the NHL is running around like a chicken with its head cut off and more important information from reporters seems to be made up to be real.

I just think nobody knows what is happening from the Fans to the diggers to the NHL.  Makes Forums interesting, for sure.

I don’t always trust Politicians and Bettman, so I lean the other way than you do. Hell maybe we will both be right , somehow?

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 05/20/20 at 05:19 PM ET

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