The Vancouver Canucks introduced Thursday town was out of the working as a hub for the NHL’s return.

The choice from the league means Toronto and Edmonton are the lone Canadian cities remaining in rivalry to host the NHL’s Stanley Cup match.

“We sincerely thank Premier [John] Horgan, Minister [Lisa] Beare, Dr. Bonnie Henry and their groups for his or her unbelievable help as we labored by way of the chance to host NHL groups in Vancouver,” the Canucks tweeted.

“Now we glance ahead and are very excited to welcome our Canucks gamers again for coaching camp at Rogers Area within the coming weeks. An thrilling end to the season is simply across the nook, and we will not wait to drop the puck.”

Horgan mentioned he was dissatisfied by the information, however would not bend public well being guidelines for the NHL.

“Defending the well being and security of individuals in BC is our primary precedence,” he tweeted.

Dr. Henry echoed these sentiments at a information convention earlier than the staff made its announcement, saying public well being was her most important focus.

“I’ve not had direct conversations with the NHL,” she mentioned. “What we offered was our recommendation and principally the truth that we’d take the well being of our gamers and the well being of our province as the first concern by way of having the NHL play in Vancouver.”

Beneath B.C.’s plan, a staff would have stayed in a single lodge and travelled collectively to Rogers Area for video games utilizing non-public transportation. Every staff would even be accountable for any COVID-19 testing and agree to not work together with the general public throughout a 14-day isolation interval.

Horgan beforehand expressed hope that B.C.’s plan would give Vancouver an financial enhance.

Beforehand, Pittsburgh and Columbus introduced their bids had additionally been denied, whereas the identical was reported for Dallas and Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Remaining American cities in rivalry embrace Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Earlier Thursday, British Columbia’s well being minister, Adrian Dix, was requested about media reviews that there was a breakdown with the league over Vancouver being a hub metropolis.

Dix instructed a information convention that B.C.’s laborious line on guidelines to guard individuals from getting the novel coronavirus is the rationale Vancouver needs to be a hub metropolis.

He mentioned he supported the concept of hockey being performed once more in Vancouver, however he is additionally the well being minister and the principles which have contained the unfold of COVID-19 apply to all.

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