NHL suspends play because of coronavirus

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Sticks have been put away. Equipment bags have been packed.

The NHL is going away, and there’s no telling when it might come back.

The league suspended its season indefinitely Thursday, approximately 16 hours after the NBA halted play because Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19.

The NHL Players’ Association said it supported the decision, which has left innumerable questions in its wake and few answers. All practices and team meetings also have been suspended.

What is clear is that the league hopes to hit “play” on this season again. Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement the NHL’s goal “is to resume play as soon as it is appropriate and prudent so that we will be able to complete the season and award the Stanley Cup.”