NHL postpones awards, combine and entry draft

National Hockey League logo. Courtesy NHL.com.

The suspension of the National Hockey League season has led to some adjustments in events on its calendar.

With play currently on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NHL announced the postponement of three high-profile events in June, when the Stanley Cup playoffs typically reach their climax.

The first event is the NHL Scouting Combine, initially set for June 1 through 6 in Buffalo, New York. The combine, similar to the popular event showcasing the best possible NFL draftees, is attended by top junior and college players, particularly those in the Canadian Hockey League (CHL).

The NHL Awards were set for June 18 in Las Vegas, and the NHL Entry Draft was due to take place at the Bell Centre in Montreal on June 26 and 27.

No new dates have been set for any of the events. The league is monitoring the progression of the pandemic before making any decisions on when play will resume.

The league paused play on March 12 amid concerns over the spread of COVID-19. So far, two unidentified Ottawa Senators players have tested positive.