South of the border, the National Hockey League hit a major milestone on Tuesday as now more than half (17) of the league’s 31 markets have announced they currently allow or plan to allow fans to return to arenas in limited capacities this month.

It’s a welcomed step toward some semblance of normalcy for fans and players alike – even at 10 per cent capacity – particularly in markets like New York, which was one of the most restrictive in the United States based on COVID-19 regulations.

“It’s exciting for us, and for them [the fans], that we can see some light at the end of tunnel here,” Islanders forward J-G Pageau told reporters last week.

That light at the end of the tunnel has not been seen everywhere, especially in Canada. 

It’s fair to say the NHL is closely monitoring the vaccine distribution in both countries. An especially slow rollout in Canada may mean that Canadian arenas will be empty or operating in limited capacities come October, when the entire league was supposed to ramp up again.