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2019-20

• An era came to a close on November 11, when Coach's Corner came to an end on Hockey Night in Canada. SportsNet fired Don Cherry that day for comments made on the much-watched segment two nights earlier that many perceived to be taking aim at immigrants.

• Later that same month, November 29, Bill Peters resigned as head coach of the Calgary Flames after a former player of his Tweeted that he repeatedly directed a racial epithet towards him.

• A scary moment in Anaheim on February 11, as Jay Bouwmeester of the Blues collapsed on the bench after suffering a cardiac episode. Quick action by nearby doctors saved Bouwmeester's life. The game between the Blues and Ducks was immediately postponed, with the score tied at 1 in the 1st period. It was made up on March 11, with the 60-minute game beginning with the score tied at 1, and the Blues winning 4-2.

• Another emergency backup goalie steals the show! Two years after accountant Scott Foster helped preserve a win for his hometown Blackhawks, Toronto Zamboni driver David Ayres, 42, was pressed into duty for the Carolina Hurricanes against the Maple Leafs. Ayres entered the game at 11:19 of the second period after both James Reimer and Petr Mrazek went down with injuries. Ayres gave up goals on the first two shots he faced, but he settled down and stopped the final eight in leading the Hurricanes to a 6-3 win. Ayres, who was named the first star of the game, became the first emergency backup goalie to earn a win as the goalie of record.

• Along with the rest of the sports world, the NHL came to a screeching halt on March 12. One day afer the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic amid a worldwide coronavirus outbreak, the NHL indefinitely suspended the season. The NHL and all other professional and amateur sports organizations followed the lead of the NBA, which halted its season the night before after a player tested positive for the extremely contagious virus, which had sickened more than 100,000 and killed thousands around the globe.


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