The NHL has announced the postponement of the Winter Classic and All-Star Weekend.
The Winter Classic was supposed to feature the Minnesota Wild taking on the St. Louis Blues at Target Field in Minneapolis on Jan. 1, 2021.
The Florida Panthers were set to host the 2021 All-Star Weekend at BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL Jan. 29-30, 2021.
A statement released on Thursday said, "Fan participation, both in arenas and stadiums as well as in the ancillary venues and events that we stage around the Winter Classic and All-Star Weekend, is integral to the success of our signature events,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Content Officer Steve Mayer.
“Because of the uncertainty as to when we will be able to welcome our fans back to our games, we felt that the prudent decision at this time was to postpone these celebrations until 2022 when our fans should be able to enjoy and celebrate these tentpole events in-person, as they were always intended. We are also considering several new and creative events that will allow our fans to engage with our games and teams during this upcoming season.”
The statement also said this will NOT effect the start of the upcoming NHL season. The plan is still to try and have that begin on or around January 1st.
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