Leafs and Blues postponed between 12 extra matches as NHL suspends holiday travel

Add NHL players to the list of people who won’t cross the border during the holidays.

After a plethora of reports on Sunday, the NHL and NHLPA agreed by December 23rd. stop cross-border travel as COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the league and the world.

The decision will delay 12 additional matches involving Canadian teams over the next four days, including the Leafs home game with the St. Louis Blues on Thursday. 27 matches had already been postponed before then.

As for any closure of the entire league, the report made it clear that this was not the case at the moment.

“Although the number of positive COVID tests for players, coaches and hockey staff has increased recently, there have been few positive cases of symptoms or serious illness,” the report said.

“The NHLPA and NHL medical experts have ruled that almost all players and club hockey staff are fully vaccinated, so the need to temporarily close individual teams should continue to be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

Both sides have also announced that discussions on the NHL’s participation in the Beijing Olympics are ongoing and that a final decision should be made “in the coming days”.

The Leafs home game with the St. Louis Blues was postponed on Thursday.

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