What the heck is happening in the world of professional sports?
Are we starting to slump into that “Dark Winter” Mr. Biden warned us about?
Cases in the NFL are increasing despite a high vaccination rate amongst players.
The NBA has cancelled the next two games in Chicago after an outbreak in the Bulls locker room.
To complete the trifecta, the NHL has now postponed tonight’s matchup between the Carolina Hurricanes and Minnesota Wild after four members of the Hurricanes tested positive for COVID-19.
Being a Hurricanes fan myself, this news is especially frustrating.
It’s also kind of hilarious, seeing how it was this post from the official Hurricanes account also showed up on my Instagram feed back on September 14th.
Cringe level: Swalwell
Here is the official statement issued by the NHL:
The National Hockey League announced that, as a result of four additional Carolina Hurricanes Players entering the NHL’s COVID Protocols earlier today, the team’s game tonight against the Minnesota Wild will be postponed. The decision was made following consultation by the NHL’s, NHLPA’s and Club’s medical groups. The League will provide a further update tomorrow.
The Hurricanes organization has followed, and will continue to follow, all recommended guidelines aimed at protecting the health and safety of its Players, staff and community at large as set by the NHL, local, state and national agencies.
The Hurricanes were already missing two players, also out due to COVID protocols.
Professional hockey players, despite what many may think, are still normal human beings with thoughts and feelings.
The development in today’s postponement came in the middle of a Hurricanes road trip. Tonight they were playing in Minnesota after travelling in from Canada where they had played a four game stretch in Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver.
Two Hurricanes players, Sebastian Aho and Seth Jarvis will have to stay behind in Vancouver along with a team trainer due to the positive tests.
Thanks to the Justin Trudeau COVID regime’s quarantine policy, the three are stuck in Canada for the next 14 days.
The trainer is a brand new dad and is now set to miss his baby’s first Christmas.
Sebastian Aho, Seth Jarvis & a team trainer are stuck isolating in Vancouver for 14 days. The Canucks lent them exercise equipment for their rooms
Canes looking into getting them a medical flight out back to U.S. The trainer is a new dad & would miss his first Xmas w/ his infant
— Emily Kaplan (@emilymkaplan) December 14, 2021
I hope they are able to get back.
But it really makes you think.
What about those people who don’t have the good fortune of working for a NHL franchise with a private jet and connections in a country that lives and breathes hockey?
No doubt, there are going to be normal, everyday people who will get trapped in a foreign country this holiday season and separated from their families thanks to draconian COVID policies.
Policies that make no logical sense and have no basis in science.
That’s not conspiracy. That’s fact.
If they’re asymptomatic, let them play!