Boston Bruins fans have not taken in a game at TD Garden since March 7th, 2020. It has been nearly 380 days since the Bruins played a home game in front of their fans.
Fans were set to take in Boston’s matchup against the New York Islanders on Tuesday, March 23rd. The Garden would be at 12.5% capacity. Unfortunately, Bruins fans will have to wait to see the local hockey team take the ice.
Bruins fans know waiting is the hardest part
The Bruins were slated to play the Buffalo Sabers Saturday before coming back to Boston for a lengthy homestand. But both of these contests will not happen as scheduled. 5 Bruins have entered the NHL COVID Protocols. So, the team will quarantine through at least Tuesday.
The 5 players under the protocol are David Pastrnak, Jake DeBrusk, David Krejci, Craig Smith, and Sean Kuraly. The entire organization is back in Boston, including these 5 forwards. But they did not travel with the rest of the team from Buffalo.
With the NHL COVID Protocol, this does not necessarily mean that all or even one of these players has tested positive. The protocol could have been enacted because they showed symptoms or came in contact with someone who was deemed “high-risk” of having COVID.
Regardless of why they have entered the protocol, the Bruins will not be able to play until Wednesday at the earliest.
Fans missing out is far from the only problem
This is incredibly frustrating for the entire organization and fan-base. First and foremost, 5 players now possibly have to deal with COVID-19. The long-term effects are still unknown and has effected people in prime athletic shape, such as Jayson Tatum.
Also, these delays are cutting into Boston’s precious rest. After this quarantine “break”, the Bruins do not have consecutive off days the rest of the regular season. There are even a couple of back to backs in there, for good measure.
Lastly, this again adds to the number of times Bruins fans have gone without seeing their team in person. Governor Charlie Baker announced in February that fans will be back in sports venues at a limited capacity in March. Now this delay continues to rob people of the chance of taking in a sporting event.
Now, obviously, fans having to wait a possibly just a couple more days is not the only problem at work. However, the timing of this delay is incredibly annoying for Bruins fans. Hopefully, Boston, especially those 5 forwards currently under the protocol, will be back on the ice Thursday to the cheers of 2,000 plus Bruins fanatics.
Story by Chad Jones
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