National Hockey League postpones 2020 draft, awards show and combine amid COVID-19 pandemic

Grant Boone
March 26, 2020

The league confirmed Wednesday afternoon it has chose to postpone the 2020 NHL draft scheduled for June 26-27 at the Bell Centre in Montreal along with the annual scouting combine, which was set for June 1-6 in Buffalo, and the NHL awards in Las Vegas that were supposed to be held June 18. Such a course of action would effectively push these postponed events to some September or October dates. Nobody is sure what format the lottery will take, but it wouldn't make sense to change it if the rest of the regular season is cancelled.

"The National Hockey League today announced the postponements of the 2020 NHL Scouting Combine, the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Awards, and the 2020 NHL Draft", the league confirmed in a statement.

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"Las Vegas has been the home of the Bridgestone NHL Awards since 2009".

On March 12, the NHL paused its season amid the global outbreak of COVID-19 and it remains unclear how or when the league might resume play despite that being the NHL's hope. For those outside the playoff bubble, it's all about the NHL Draft. It's still too early to get a full idea of what those solutions might look like, but a source said the league would consult with general managers and the board of governors before making a final call on any adjusted draft lottery process. The last time it wasn't held during its normal late June time slot was in 2005, when the NHL's season-long lockout pushed it back to July.

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