EDMONTON, AB – Earlier today, the National Hockey League (NHL) issued a directive to pause the 2019-20 season starting with tonight’s games after consulting medical experts and convening a conference call of the Board of Governors.
As a result, the Edmonton Oilers will not be playing games until the NHL determines its next steps addressing the coronavirus pandemic. The Oilers will be communicating to ticket holders, partners and other affected parties with information as soon it becomes available.
We will continue to follow protocols as laid out by the NHL and will continue to work in close consultation with health and government officials.
The health and safety of our players, fans and employees is our top priority. We thank our fans for their support and understanding as we work through this unprecedented period.
“Public health and safety are a priority at a time like this. As players, we support the NHL and NHLPA’s decision to suspend the season for the safety of the teams and their fans. We look forward to the day we can get back playing the game we love in front of full arenas.” – Edmonton Oilers Captain Connor McDavid
“We fully support the decision of the NHL to pause the 2019-20 season. We want to get back to playing games as soon as possible, but this decision is in the best interest of our fans, employees and players. Our focus is on their health and safety and doing what we can to combat the spread of the virus. Some things are bigger than the game of hockey.” – Edmonton Oilers Chairman Bob Nicholson