The Detroit Red Wings are now dealing with effects from the COVID-19 outbreak that are affecting offseason plans.
As the rest of the 2019-20 National Hockey League (NHL) resumes their season, the Detroit Red Wings season is over. The sights are now set on the offseason and going through the motions of the offseason. However, COVID-19 still has quite the impact and not just issues with the timeline.
Usually, the Red Wings would be heading up to Traverse City, Michigan, for their summer training camp as well as prospect tournament. The organization would also hold a golf classic up in the northern Michigan city, but things have changed due to COVID-19.
Instead, the Red Wings will be holding their 2020-21 training camp at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan, amid fears of the continued COVID-19 pandemic. The organization had to make smart decisions, and alongside health experts, General Manager (GM) Steve Yzerman made the latest announcements.
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Sadly, this summers 2020 Prospect Tournament, as well as the golf classic is going to be cancelled. The decision definitely does not come lightly as GM Yzerman said he had worked closely with the health experts, and ultimately it became clear that this was the best decision.
So even though the Red Wings 2020 season is done with, and theoretically the events they have left are not going to be affected by COVID-19, maybe just shifted with a new timeline, they still see effects. This pandemic has continued to be a nuisance to the sports world, not just hockey as Minor League Baseball just saw its season decimated.
The Red Wings are now dealing with the effects of this pandemic, which means that things are going to change. The relocation of training camp should not be much of a deal unless you are a traditionalist Red Wings fan who likes things to stay the same each year.
Obviously, this decision is viewed as safest for the players so that they may try to avoid exposure and stay clear of COVID-19 so the hockey world can proceed during these unprecedented times. The Red Wings can focus on the draft now that concerns with training camp seem to be solved.
Things are changing, and the safety of the Red Wings players and prospects comes first, so the relocation of training camp, cancellation of the prospect tournament, and golf classic are only for the better.
Hopefully, things can return to normal sooner than later for the Detroit Red Wings organization as the spots world powers through the COVID-19 pandemic.