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Blackhawks cancel scheduled Thursday practice ahead of NHL decision

The NHL will reportedly have a team conference call at 12 p.m. Central Time to weigh options for the season in wake of NBA’s postponement, growing coronavirus fears.

The Blackhawks canceled scheduled practice Thursday at Fifth-Third Arena.
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The first canceled event on the Blackhawks schedule arrived swiftly Thursday morning, with the team’s scheduled 11:30 a.m. CT practice called off at around 9 a.m.

That came as the league advised all teams to cancel scheduled practices, meetings and morning skates Thursday, although the 10 scheduled games around the league Thursday night are still on for now.

The Hawks were scheduled to next play Friday at home against Ottawa. Thursday’s missed practice will almost certainly not be the only Hawks event canceled, though.

The NHL will reportedly hold a conference call with one representative from each of the 31 franchises at 12:00 p.m. CT to discuss options for the season, in light of growing coronavirus pandemic fears.

With the NBA postponing its season Wednesday night, the most likely outcome is that the NHL does the same, although that’s no certainty.