The Quebec Provincial Government announced that 300 Thousand Protective Visors would be purchased for healthcare works. These protective visors are being designed, manufactured and shipped by Bauer. This Hockey Equipment manufacturer is known for supplying an entire industry with the required gear to play their sport. Alterations in production were made when Covid-19 became a pandemic across North America. Bauer has begun shipping these mask internationally, which are assisting hundreds of thousands from liming their exposure to Covid-19.
These 300 thousand protective visors are being manufactured at the Blainville Facility, which is located within the province of Quebec. The government greenlit its request to alter the production line for Covid-19 Relief Assistance. Social service workers will also be provided with these masks in Quebec, ensuring that the elderly and in-need receive their required assistance. Production of these masks will begin on April 1st, with fifteen thousand being sent by April 7th. It’ll mark one of the fastest changes to a production line in manufacturing history.
The Health Minister for Quebec, Danielle McCann, provided a formal statement on this announcement. She mentioned that by collaborating with Bauer, it’d better enable the Quebec government to meet the short-term demands of medical workers. Ensuring the supplying of protection tools, which will be essential in the coming months, has become significant for Quebec-born politicians. It should be noted that requests to alter production lines were made on March 25th. Approval was provided 48 hours later. Bauer has also changed production lines in New York State, assisting medical professionals across America.
The Vice President of Production Innovation with Bauer, Dan Bourgeois, spoke of behalf of his company. It was expressed that their decision was inspired by the Quebec Premier, who urged local manufacturers to assist the province with medical supplies. The New York Governor also made similar requests. Profits earned from the manufacturing and shipping of protective visors will be minimal for Bauer, with a 5% return expected. This shows that certain corporations can provide relief and aid during critical moments in human history.
There have been over 6000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Canada. It’s become a substantial pandemic with 86 citizens dying from the influenza-like virus. However, 500+ people have recovered from Covid-19, with many more expected to come.
The International Ice Hockey Federation announced that the 2020 World Championships would be cancelled. Organizers made this decision after the increasing outbreak of Covid-19 throughout European Nations, primarily Switzerland. Considering that sixteen nations would’ve competed in Switzerland for this championship, organizers were forced to cancel the May 8th to 24th hockey competition.
The President of IIHF expressed that this has been challenging for decision with everyone involved, but that the protection of globally hockey communities is more important than a championship. Rene Fazel mentioned that it’s the responsibility of government bodies, major corporations, sporting outfits and the respective individual to ensure that Covid-19 doesn’t spread internationally anymore than it already has.
It should be mentioned that this is the 1st time in three decades that the IIHF Championship has been cancelled. The last time would’ve been 1988, which followed after two additional cancellations in 1980 and 84. Rene Fazel noted that something special would be implemented next season to honour the fallen individuals from Covid-19. The President was forced to make these announcements after multiple other hockey venues were terminated throughout Switzerland, which included the 2020 IIHF World Women’s Championship for March 7th. This venue would’ve been held in Nova Scotia for March 7th. An additional site for U18 Players was cancelled in Michigan.
Travelling internationally have become virtually impossible under the conditions of Covid-19. The International Ice Hockey Federation noted that transferring all registered players to Switzerland would be a logistical challenge for organizers. This means that the most significant hockey competition for Canadians and Europeans have been cancelled for a single year. It’s unknown what the financial impact will be with the lost sponsorship contracts, returned tickets and merchandise sales.
The federation confirmed in their announcement that protective measures had been implemented for their employed workers. These individuals are located at home in self-isolation and committing to their jobs in safer conditions. Employees will continue to be paid for their respective workloads through a robust insurance program maintained by IIHF. Organizers expressed that the safety of their staff, supporters and the overall community is more important than providing this tournament to millions.
The National Hockey League announced that they’d be pausing their 2019-20 Season following the continued outbreak of COVID-19. This announcement came directly from Gary Bettmen on March 13th. It’s unknown when the season will end, with regular series matches slated to end on April 4th. The Stanley Cup Playoffs would’ve started on April 6th. Some sporting analysts anticipate that regular season play won’t resume until May, meaning the NHL 2019-20 Season wouldn’t end until July.
The NHL Commissioner provided public statements regarding this decision. It was noted that with the ongoing developments surrounding COVID-19, medical experts were conveyed during a conference call with the Board of Governors. Consultation services were provided, and it was determined that the best decision going forward was to ensure the protection of public supporters. Mandated protocols from local authorities and health experts have demanded these provisions from the NHL. Strategies developments are being implemented to ensure that all measures are met for the COVID-19 outbreak. This means that increased delays are possible, with the cancellation of the season becoming entirely plausible.
The National Hockey League wasn’t the only sporting association to confirm the postponement of their regular season. The National Basketball Association also cancelled their season until April following the confirmation that multiple players had contracted COVID-19. It prompted all sporting associations in North America to terminate their respective seasons as well. This means that all NHL Facilities have been closed going forward, with janitorial staff being the selective personnel enabled to enter these locations.
Representatives with the National Hockey League confirmed that the situation would be continued to be monitored going forward, with the advice of medical experts continuously being provided daily. These same representatives urged that members of the NHL Community take the necessary precautions to ensure self-quarantine measures are met.
The 2019-20 Season will be resumed once government officials declare that mass gathering is safe. Medical experts believe that large groups of locals won’t be permitted until May or June 2020. It should be noted that team practices and meetings have been postponed within the NHL as well. The NHL Players Association has firmly agreed with the strategic approached displayed by league executives. Considering that this is the most dynamic medical situation seen since SARS, it’s not surprising that multiple sporting outfits have implemented security measures for personal and public safety.
After multiple decades of the National Hockey League being a popular sporting event, the first-ever all-female broadcast was held. This was maintained for International Woman Day, with the show being entirely produced and created by a woman associated with the NHL. The match they were provided for broadcasting included the Saint Louis Blues competing against the Chicago Blackhawks, with St. Louis winning by two goals.
This marks the 1st time in professional hockey broadcasting that an all-woman event was maintained. This included the Anchors, Reporters and Replay Artists. It should be noted that the anchors selected have previous experience reporting hockey, with Kate Scott working for the NBC Sports Network. Additional hosts for this venue included Kendall Coyne Schofield, AJ Mleczko, Kathryn Tappen and Jennifer Botterill. Both AJ and Jennifer have previous experience in the Olympics with professional hockey.
There has been a secretive backlash towards this decision, with some male anchors purposely providing horrendous advice to this woman. Immature actions primarily went unrecognized, with Mike Tarico mention to Kate Scott and Kendall Schofield that they should act like their unaware of the game. Considering this is Mike Tarico’s main tactic to create drama around his programs, it’s not surprising he’d suggest this advice to this woman. Both ignored Mike Tarico and focused on providing an incredible broadcast for two of the most notable franchises in the National Hockey League. Kate Scott expressed how she was excited to meet this Gold Medalist Olympians and that it was one of her best television experiences to date.
Additional Female Broadcasts
It should be noted that Sportsnet has regularly included a female presence with their productions for forty years. The most notable before this event was when more woman than men created a broadcast last year for the Vegas Golden Knights and Calgary Flames. It was this event that prompted the National Hockey League to create this concept for International Woman’s Day. Multiple all-female broadcasts with a minimal male presence have been maintained as well. This included a match between the Tampa Bay Lightning and New Jersey Devils in 2008. Going forward it’s unknown the extent of power woman will have with NHL Broadcasting, with most sporting analysts collectively agreeing that this benefits the sport.