For at least a brief moment, let’s take our focus away from COVID-19 and focus on some more Dallas Stars specific news.
A couple days ago, Elliotte Friedman shared an interview he recently had with Jim Montgomery, the former Stars head coach who was fired for unprofessional conduct earlier this year. Montgomery did not reveal what that conduct was, but he maintains his previous stance that his firing was just:
“I lost my way,” Jim Montgomery says. “I was terminated, and rightfully so.”
“It was surreal, like an out-of-body experience. All I could feel was incredible shame and guilt. All I was thinking was that it was going to be tough to protect my family. Making mistakes that affect them… it hurts.”
Earlier this year, Montgomery checked himself into a rehabilitation center for alcohol abuse. He’s 90 days sober as of this past Tuesday:
“It helps me do the right things,” he says. “The disease made me selfish. I was raised to be a great teammate, to hate people who are (selfish). But I was the one who was selfish. I’m a process-oriented person, and my process now is becoming a better person, father and husband.
“I am not defined by what happened. I will be defined by what I do going forward.”
You can read more about Montgomery in Friedman’s 31 Thoughts here.
Ok, back to our regularly scheduled coronavirus discussion (already in progress). Here’s Stars President Brad Alberts on the suspended season:
LIVE: Stars President Brad Alberts addresses the media following the pause of the @NHL season. https://t.co/XLPw1MbXG2— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) March 12, 2020
Have questions? The Stars have some (but not many) answers:
At this time, the League has postponed all games for an indeterminate amount of time.— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) March 12, 2020
See below for FAQ's. https://t.co/zZTL5w8f2t
Here’s how the team’s players and staff will be handling the current suspension of play:
‘We are just laying low’: Stars players step away as NHL postpones 2020 season https://t.co/93OeyO8K2H— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) March 12, 2020
Alexander Radulov is notably getting tested for COVID-19 due to being sick recently, but the Stars aren’t expecting him to test positive:
Jim Nill said on @dfwticket the Stars are still waiting to get a test kit to test Alexander Radulov for Covid-19 since he was ill in the past two weeks. Radulov is fine now, but testing is something Stars want an answer on just to confirm.— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) March 12, 2020
This is technically not hockey related, but...
NEW: Dallas County declares state of emergency after confirming 5 more cases of coronavirus https://t.co/zucjYjTeWP— Dallas Morning News (@dallasnews) March 13, 2020
Around the League(s):
The NHL doesn’t have it’s own “patient zero” yet, but some Carolina Hurricanes staff members have had indirect contact with the NBA’s:
The Hurricanes stayed in the same hotel in Detroit that the Utah Jazz stayed ... and two staff members have been tested for coronavirus.— The Athletic Carolina (@TheAthleticCAR) March 13, 2020
"I don’t have symptoms, so that’s good — and I am not alone in this."
From @SaraCivian: https://t.co/DTrTyhN0uH
To avoid situations like this is precisely why the NHL suspended play in the first place, and why the AHL, ECHL, and CHL have all followed suit:
American Hockey League suspends play.— AHL (@TheAHL) March 12, 2020
Details: https://t.co/EmR4AmMRdn pic.twitter.com/3nZu2fA2Kh
Scouting has also been effected, with tournaments such as the Under-18s being cancelled as well:
It's the last major on-ice event before the draft, but the U18s have been cancelled due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) March 13, 2020
It's the right call for public's health, but it also makes the job harder for NHL scouting departments, writes @THNRyanKennedyhttps://t.co/9yaFayQa5p
Of course, the biggest impact will be financially, especially for the hourly workers behind the scenes:
As the NBA and NHL go on hiatus, so do paychecks for those behind the scenes. | @ryan_s_clarkhttps://t.co/KTP5L1XlGp— The Athletic NHL (@TheAthleticNHL) March 13, 2020
Greg Wyshynski talked with players across the pond about how it felt to have their hockey seasons outright cancelled, not simply postponed:
When coronavirus cancels your hockey season https://t.co/vD7zca7iMT— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) March 12, 2020
Assuming the NHL doesn’t follow the same path and play does resume eventually, what might that look like?
Breaking down the schedule options available to the NHL if they are able to resume play this season. | @mirtle https://t.co/7SxOwTM2gg— The Athletic NHL (@TheAthleticNHL) March 12, 2020
It is my belief that, in such tense times, we find little moments to make us laugh and cheer us up. With that being said:
If Covid-19 was a Bruin the NHL wouldn’t have suspended anything.— GoodOneRandy (@justokay34) March 12, 2020