This is what ECHL teams were told, according to a league source, regarding player interactions after the league suspended play Thursday because of COVID-19.
• While the ECHL is under suspended play, the players are to receive their salaries.
• Teams were to hold only one team meeting – most were planning to do it today – and then disallow team activities, including practices.
• Locker rooms are to be made off limits.
• Players with injuries are to still be treated.
I asked about players not being paid in some cities, something I was told early today was happening some places, and was advised that if that’s the case, the Professional Hockey Players Association would get involved. The Komets are paying their players.
Could the players hypothetically organize among themselves and practice on their own, as happens in August and September before training camps open? The ECHL has advised them to avoid such things. But there’s frankly no way to police it and it could happen, though I don't think it will because the belief is that the season will not resume and players want to keep themselves safe.
If the season were to resume, there have been different scenarios bandied about, including picking up where they left off, going directly to the playoffs, or doing an abbreviated postseason.