The NHL is no longer considering Vancouver as a hub city to help finish the season, sources tell Global News, but that doesn't mean the league won't revisit the idea. This is the reason to come.
"We recognize very much that if there was a large number of people who were testing positive and had an illness, that it was likely that some people's health could have been at risk, and that people might have more severe illnesses and that there needed to be contingent built into the plan to make sure that we were able to deal with that", she said. But I'm also the minister of health, and the players and the fans - and those working at the arenas and everyone in British Columbia - expect the rules to apply to everybody.
Despite rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in Nevada, the National Hockey League reportedly still sees Las Vegas as an National Hockey League hub-city front-runner while Los Angeles and Chicago remain the other US options.
"But, frankly, if you're talking about the health of the players, if you're talking about the health of society, if you're talking about public health measures, if you're talking about an outstanding leader on public health, if you're talking about a committed and outstanding leader in Premier john Horgan, this is the place to come, and I hope they come".
"We've made our pitch, our case".
Dix told a news conference that B.C.'s public health rules were also a reason for the National Hockey League to make Vancouver a hub city.
The NHL is looking for two hub cities as part of its goal to play out the playoffs - one for each conference.
Vancouver met numerous NHL's requirements for playing host to 12 playoff teams and has largely kept the spread of COVID-19 in check.
Vancouver is still on the six-location shortlist, along with Edmonton, and Toronto.
The NHL has targeted July 10 for the start of training camps, with the opening games in the best-of-five preliminary round Return to Play tournament beginning about three weeks later.
The NHL shut down in March due to COVID-19.