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NHL TRIED AND FAILED TO GET FAMILIES INTO THE BUBBLE FOR THE STANLEY CUP FINAL

Much to the dismay of players, it is being reported that families of the Dallas Stars and the Tampa Bay Lightning will not be allowed into the NHL bubble for the duration of the Stanley Cup Final.

"It had been assumed they wouldn’t make it to bubble for a little bit now, but family members for both Dallas and Tampa in the United States were told pretty definitely yesterday they would not be making it to the Stanley Cup Final," said Sean Shapiro, who covers the Dallas Stars for The Athletic.

"Bottom line is [the Canada-US] border is closed. Families had been told NHL had been trying to work something out with Canadian government and many had been quarantining and taking frequent COVID tests. In the end nothing was worked out," he added.



For the players, coaches and staff of the two remaining teams, they have been unable to see their families in person now since mid-to-late July. The first official games began on August 1st, and many were at the two locations hosting teams around two weeks before then. Early in the tournament, there were a couple of players that left for the birth of children, but the vast majority have had to endure a long spell without being with the ones they love. For the team that wins the Cup, of course, it will all be worth it.

TIM TUCKER
SEPTEMBER 19, 2020  (16H10)