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NHL postponing 2020 Scouting Combine, Draft, Awards

The National Hockey League has announced it is postponing a trio of upcoming tentpole events due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.

They are the 2020 NHL Scouting Combine, which was scheduled for June 1-6 in Buffalo, New York; the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Awards, set for June 18 in Las Vegas, Nevada; and the 2020 NHL Draft, which was due to be held on June 26-27 in Montreal, Canada.

The events are usually held when the league has competed its season. No new dates or locations have been announced.  

The NHL has asked its staff to take pay cuts following the indefinite suspension of the league amid the ongoing health crisis.

The league is temporarily cutting the pay of league office employees who make more than $75,000 a year by 25 per cent starting April 1. The move applies to league personnel, such as NHL executives, not team staff members and players.

The NHL is eyeing potential scenarios for a resumption of play. But with the public health crisis continuing to grow in scale, particularly within the US, any timetable remains tentative at best.