Toronto Mayor Cancels All City Run Public Events Through June 30th

Toronto Mayor Cancels Events
TORONTO, ON - JANUARY, 21 - Overall Legends row left to right are: Mats Sundin, Borje Salming, Darryl Sittler, Ted Kennedy, Syl Apps, George Armstrong and Johnny Bower Outside of the Air Canada Centre (ACC), the Toronto Maple Leafs have their Legends Row. The set of bronze sculptures depict some of the great players of years gone by on the bench. Maple Leafs will soon add Keon, Broda and Horton to Legends Row. (Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

During on press conference on Tuesday afternoon, Toronto Mayor John Tory dropped some major news on the sports world. He said the City of Toronto is cancelling all permits for major events through June 30th. However, the ban is on city-run events and does not affect the NHL, MLB, MLB, and MLS from returning.

Toronto Cancels All Events

With NHL season still on pause, and the ongoing coronavirus increasing the mayor of Toronto dropped a huge bombshell. John Tory announced that he was cancelling all major public events through the end of June in the city of Toronto. That means if sports were to return to the city of Toronto before that date, games will be played without fans in the ballparks, arenas, and stadiums.

 

The Impact on the NHL

Ever since the NHL went on hiatus following in the steps of the NBA, the league has been looking into different scenarios to playing out the season. Both NHL Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly have stated they want to crown a Stanley Cup Champion this season by keeping up the integrity of the game. With the self-isolation period extended to April 15th, that means the most likely scenario for hockey to return would be sometime in July.

That option has been discussed, which was brought forth by several players, is having teams return to the ice in early July for training camp and then play out the rest of the regular season. Followed by the Stanley Cup Playoffs in August and September. With the off-season being in October and the new season beginning in November. We have seen the NHL play into late June during the 1994 and 2012 lockouts, so it is not impossible for this scenario to happen. However, things like the bye week and the All-Star will probably be cut from the schedule. Not to mention the NHL has asked teams for their building availability in July and August.

With each passing day as the situation surrounding the coronavirus becomes more and more real, the proposal by the players makes a lot of sense. Just imagine if hockey did return before July and the Toronto Maple Leafs are fighting for a playoff spot or in the playoffs, how weird will it be to see them play inside an empty arena and no fans outside in Maple Leafs Square?

Nobody really knows what the future holds. But if you think sports was coming back prior to July, then think again now that Toronto cancels all events through the end of June.

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Jim is a 2008 graduate of Saint Michaels College who is currently writing about the NHL for Last Word on Hockey. His work includes writing about the New Jersey Devils as well as NHL Notebooks for the Metro and Central Division. Jim has a passion for the game of hockey. As one coach put it "he is the student of the game." When Jim is not writing he can be found at the local rinks playing or being a referee. Throughout his time in the game, Jim continues to coach a local high school team. In addition, he broadcasted several New Jersey Junior Rockets games for the Eastern Hockey League. Reach him on Twitter: @JimBiringer

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