With the implementation of the British Columbia Covid-19 curve, Prime Minister John Hargan on Wednesday said he believed his province was “in a good place” to host the NHL, acting as a hub city or allowing the league to play all matches in the province. .
Hargan said he spoke with NHL Commissioner Gary Bateman during the epidemic about “our desire to support the NHL in British Columbia and the Vancouver Canucks.” Assistant Commissioners Bill Daly and BC. The conference also included Lisa Bear, the province’s sports minister.
“I think we’re in a good place to stay; That’s why I contacted the commissioner, “Hargan told a news conference.” Canucks is working very closely with my minister; we’ve heard from other people in the league who have other ideas about the possibility of playing every game in British Columbia. “
In addition to Rogers Place, Hargan assumed that several WHL facilities across the province could serve as hosts for NHL games.
“We have WHLs in Victoria, in Kamloops, in Kelowna, in Prince George’s … Cranbrook also has a great advantage. We have space for hotels, so the sky is really the limit. “
The NHL closed its season on March 12th. Batman said Tuesday that canceling the rest of the season and not handing over the Stanley Cup “is not something I think.”
“We would love to have hockey held here so we can watch current games on our television,” Hargan said. “But there are obviously obstacles.”
One of the hurdles is the mandatory 14-day isolation period required to enter the country. Looking forward to the next few weeks, Hargan said the decisions remain stable with the province’s health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, and how the province is applying to flatten the curve as BC, the rest of it restarts.
After returning to the game in a number of situations, Hargan has hoped for a structure that would allow B.C. This could be a possibility.
“I wanted to let the commissioner know that British Columbia is willing to help by seeing a plan put forward by the players and the NHL, and if we can make it work, I think it would be great for BC. And that would be good for the NHL.