Loading articles...

Vancouver's hub city bid hits snag over coronavirus rules

Last Updated Jun 24, 2020 at 11:44 am PDT

FILE - Vancouver Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom (25) stops a shot on the goal as New York Rangers' Chris Kreider (20) watches during the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Summary

It looks like there's an issue with Vancouver's bid to be an NHL hub city once the hockey finally resumes

There's word the problem came down to COVID-19 quarantine rules and bubbles

Vancouver is still on the shortlist to host the league

VANCOUVER (NEWS 11130) — With a final decision on which two cities will host the NHL expected in a matter of days, public safety rules might be posing a problem for Vancouver’s bid.

Sportsnet NHL host Jeff Marek says there are few details, but something changed Tuesday night, keeping the deal from closing.

“As it relates to Vancouver specifically, we’re hearing there’s a snag in the talks, and it looks like it’s over quarantine and bubble rules,” he explains.

“[I’m] not exactly sure what those rules are, not sure if those rules also apply to Edmonton or Toronto.”

Marek adds Vancouver was considered to be a front-runner as one of the hub cities.

RELATED: Vancouver still in running to be NHL hub city, others out

He says Vancouver is still on the six-location shortlist, along with Edmonton, and Toronto.

At least one sports insider questioned the safety of Vancouver becoming a hub city during the pandemic, suggesting the risks of bringing the league might outweigh the potential economic benefit.

Earlier this month, provincial health officials approved the NHL’s safety plan allowing Vancouver to possibly host once play resumes.

The NHL is supposed to decide on hub cities by the end of the week.