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NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - SEPTEMBER 20: Jack Hughes #86 of the New Jersey Devils scores against Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers at 34 seconds of the first period at the Prudential Center on September 20, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

COVID-19 cases are spiking across the United States which has led to the NHL becoming the first professional sports league to pause its 2021-2022 season.

A press release provided by the National Hockey League Players’ Association states: 

Under the revised schedule, Dec. 22, Dec. 23, Dec. 24 and Dec. 25 (Christmas Day) shall be off days for all purposes — including travel.

Players will report back to their Clubs on Dec. 26, which shall be used for testing, practice and/or travel only. Upon return from the Holiday Break to team facilities, no individual in the team’s Traveling Party shall enter the facility (other than for testing purposes) until they have a negative test result. Any practice scheduled for Dec. 26 must begin after 2:00 p.m. local time.

The League’s regular-season schedule will resume on Monday, Dec. 27.

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