Hockey League NHL informed Thursday night Finnish time that the Winter Classic and constellation weekend planned for January will be postponed to a later date.
The winter classic is played in Minneapolis at Target Field, where the Minnesota Wild meets the St. Louis Blues. The match was scheduled to take place on January 1st. The constellation weekend, hosted by the Florida Panthers, was scheduled to take place on the last weekend in January.
The reasons for the cancellations are the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus situation.
The NHL will not cancel the already agreed events out of the way of new ones, but plans to hold them later, probably in 2022.
– Fan participation is important for the success of both events. We feel the events need to be postponed until 2022, when fans should get involved, said NHL Executive Vice President of Content Production Steve Mayer.
According to Mayer, the league is considering a number of new and creative ways to get supporters to be part of next season’s matches.
The upcoming NHL season is set to begin on January 1, and the recent decision to postpone events does not change the plan to start the season.