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NHL's Chief Medical Officer Says League Shouldn't Rush Return from Hiatus

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The NHL's chief medical officer, Dr. Willem Meeuwisse, cautioned against resuming the 2019-20 season too early, thus putting players, personnel and fans at risk.

"From a medical perspective, I think we'd have to understand what the risks are for the different groups," Meeuwisse said Wednesday in a conference call, per ESPN's Emily Kaplan. "What are the risks to the players? What are the risks to the staff that would be required to run an event? And what are the risks to the fans? Once we know what those things are, I think we can make a more intelligent decision.