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Commissioner Gary Bettman still hopes to salvage NHL season

Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks to the media prior to the 2020 NHL All-Star Skills Competition at Enterprise Center on January 24, 2020 in St Louis, Missouri. Credit: Getty Images/Bruce Bennett

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is hoping that the league, which halted its season on Thursday due to the coronavirus crisis, will be able to resume play in some manner and be able to crown a 2019-20 champion.

“We’re doing all sorts of modeling, whether it’s completing the existing regular season as is, and then a full playoffs, or whether or not, based on time constraints, we’re going to have to make adjustments and do something different, creative,’’ Bettman told Canadian sports outlet Rogers SportsNet.