Vancouver May Have Hit "Snag" In NHL Hub City Efforts
There is a "snag with the Vancouver bid" to serve as one of the NHL's hub cities, and it is unknown if the issue will get sorted out in time or whether it means the city will "have to back out entirely," according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. While the exact issue is unclear, it likely "has to do with the quarantine, the bubble or something like that." It also is unknown whether the issue is contained to just British Columbia or if it is a "Canada-wide problem." Vancouver is one of three Canadian cities, along with Edmonton and Toronto, vying to become one of the NHL's two hub cities. Chicago, Las Vegas and L.A. are the other candidates. The players "had a say" in the finalists, and they "approved Vancouver as a location, which is why everything was moving in that direction." Meanwhile, the "number of positive tests and some of the high-profile people" to test positive last week "really rocked" many players. They "want to know ... if they’re going to do this, what’s the safest environment.” That is why Las Vegas is likely to be one of the two hubs, as "even though the cases are going up, they think they can have a pretty good bubble there" ("Hockey Central," Sportsnet, 6/24).