BREAKING: The NHL finds a new landing spot for playoffs.
Updated: Jul 3
New York, NY—The NHL playoffs are set to return to ice on July 30th. However, the NHL has yet to name the location(s) of where these games will take place. While cities like Los Angeles, Vancouver, and Chicago have emerged as prime candidates, a new name has come into the fray. Iqaluit. No, I didn't just type random letters. Iqaluit is a Canadian town, located in the Qikiqtaaluk region of the Nunavut territory. The appeal? There has not been a single case of COVID-19.
When mayor Kenny Bell approached the NHL, they were skeptical, to say the least. "He was very adamant that he could help,", said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. "He was quick to point out that they just replaced the rink boards and glass in December. While Arnaitok Arena doesn't have much space for fan capacity, it has ice. After all, fans won't be able to attend anyway. Think of the stands as extra locker room space."
The biggest obstacle seems to be securing enough locations for the teams to stay. "The mayor said the town would open their homes to us. It's honestly quite flattering. That they would support us that way," said Bettman. "A lot of players and staff aren't comfortable with the idea of sharing private homes with citizens there, but we've got to consider all options."
When one reporter asked Bettman what the most important factor was, "Safety. Plain and simple. That's why we're taking a strong look at Iqaluit. Who else can say they have no COVID-19?"
The NHL is expected to come to decision sometime early next week.