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Jul 1, 2020 4:46 AM ET

Vegas no longer a front-runner to be NHL hub city?

iCrowd Newswire - Jul 1, 2020

For the first since time the NHL began its return-to-play plan, Vegas might no longer be a lock to be one of the league’s hub cities. Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY NETWORK

Many hockey insiders viewed Las Vegas as a front-runner to be named one of two hub cities for the 24-team model to crown a 2019-20 Stanley Cup champion amid the coronavirus pandemic; until today. 

On Tuesday afternoon, TSN’s Frank Seravalli tweeted that coronavirus spikes in the Vegas area have the NHL reconsidering the city. Instead, the league could leave the United States out of the mix and pick Edmonton and Toronto: 

After local health officials reportedly had a role in the league removing Vancouver from consideration last week, Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw appeared to be on board with Edmonton welcoming NHL personnel this summer. 

As of the end of June, all indications are the only thing preventing MLB’s Toronto Blue Jays from hosting teams at Rogers Centre by July 23-24 is opposing teams having to travel to and from the U.S. when the Canadian border is closed to non-essential travel through at least July 21. MLB and health officials are still looking for ways around current quarantine guidelines that request those entering the country self-isolate for two weeks. 

That wouldn’t be an issue as it concerns NHL players and staff members who will remain inside a site’s “bubble” for weeks at a time.

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