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A St. Louis Blues fan watches a game during the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2019. The NHL has canceled the remaining games in the season due to concerns over the new coronavirus.
File photo | Brian Heffernan | St. Louis Public Radio

The National Hockey League abruptly suspended its season Thursday to keep the new coronavirus from spreading.

The announcement comes after several other major sports organizations have canceled or delayed games due to concerns over the virus, including the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer.

In a statement, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said teams would resume play “as soon as it is appropriate and prudent” — but did not specify a date. 

Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis Blues hosted their first-ever Pride Night in 2017 to much fanfare. Three years later, they’re doing things a bit differently. The National Hockey League and the Blues will hold their “Hockey Is For Everyone” event on the road and host a watch party March 24 in St. Louis instead. 

A few days ago, the Blues released a statement that detailed the team’s decision to host a watch party in their hometown: “Instead of foregoing ‘Hockey Is For Everyone’ completely,” it read in part, “we wanted to brainstorm ways to continue its application.”

St. Louis Blues President and CEO Chris Zimmerman, photographed at St. Louis Public Radio's studios on April 24, 2017.
Kelly Moffitt | St. Louis Public Radio

On Saturday, the St. Louis Blues defeated the Minnesota Wild, moving on to the next level of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Next, they’ll take on the Nashville Predators.

“The Minnesota Wild are a really strong team with a lot of weapons,” said Blues President and CEO Chris Zimmerman. “It took great goaltending and our guys stepping up to get by them. For many people that was a surprise to see us winning in five games. Nashville is playing really well. You don’t sweep the Chicago Blackhawks without being an outstanding team.”

The field at Busch Stadium had a music theme to mark the Winter Classic between the Blues and Blackhawks on Jan. 2, 2017.
Wayne Pratt | St. Louis Public Radio

It was a celebration of hockey between two rivals and a chess match with Mother Nature.

The St. Louis Blues won both.

Goalie masks and homeplate
Provided by St. Louis Blues

Following the selection of five St. Louis area players in the first round of this year's National Hockey League draft, officials with the Blues, Chicago Blackhawks and the NHL are convinced an outdoor game in January will help build on the sport's already solid footing in the region.

League Commissioner Gary Bettman stopped in St. Louis Tuesday to promote the Jan. 2, 2017, contest between the Blues and Blackhawks at Busch Stadium.

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Next winter will serve as a curtain call for the head coach of the St. Louis Blues.

Ken Hitchcock has agreed to another one-year contract with the National Hockey League team and he says it will be his final year as a coach.

“I want one-year deals because it allows me to do the things I need to do,” Hitchcock told reporters gathered Tuesday at Scottrade Center for the Blues' end-of-season news conference.

“But I'm telling you right now, this is my last one-year deal. I'm not coaching after this year. This is it.”