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Remainder of Halifax Thunderbirds season on hold as league temporarily suspends play

The Thunderbirds have two home games remaining in the regular season
Halifax Thunderbirds logo at Scotiabank Centre (Meghan Groff/

The status of the remainder of the Halifax Thunderbirds' inaugural season is up in the air as the league temporarily suspended play until further notice Thursday.

The National Lacrosse League says the move is in the best interest of fans, players, coaches and staff due to concerns over COVID-19.

"We will continue to evaluate the situation and remain in constant communication with health, team, business and league officials across North America," says the statement from the NLL.

The NLL will provide updates on the potential resumption and/or rescheduling of games as the situation evolves.

President and CEO of the Thunderbirds, John Catalano, says it's a disappointing situation but he stands behind the decision.

"Safety has to come first and it's a fluid situation. We could be having a conversation in two weeks that's different than the one we're having now," he says.

The Thunderbirds have two home games remaining in the regular season, on April 18 and April 25.

Catalano says it's too soon to say if those will be played.

"We have some time to make those decisions [about tickets], but obviously if games are not happening we'll make it right," he adds. "It's so far off and the way this has been going -- the situation is changing daily, sometimes hourly -- we have to let it play out and see where it goes."

Meghan Groff

About the Author: Meghan Groff

Born in Michigan, raised in Ontario, schooled in Indiana and lives in Nova Scotia; Meghan is the editor for CityNews Halifax.
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