Shorthouse has long been the Canucks’ play-by-play voice, starting first on the radio and moving to the television side more than a decade ago. Despite ongoing discussions about resuming this NHL season, he remains skeptical that it will ever happen.
“I just don’t see it happening. I know that there is financial incentive both on the ownership side and the player’s side. I know there is certainly an appetite for it for people who are looking for anything to sink their teeth into, sports at the end of the day is a great form of escapism. I just don’t see how it’s going to happen.” – John Shorthouse, Vancouver Canucks Play-by-play announcer
The NHL and NHL players association have been connecting on a weekly basis for ‘Return to Play’ committee meetings in an effort to map out potential scenarios for a return to play. The group has discussed the best possible avenues for completing the season, such as selecting a handful of neutral cities that would host the remainder of the regular season games for a number of teams.
According to Shorthouse, a solution such as this would mean that all teams would be forced to quarantine in hotels, not leaving other than to go to the arena to play their games. There is speculation that the Return to Play committee could come to some sort of an agreement by the end of May. Earlier this week, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said the plan is still to try and finish this regular season and playoffs, even if it means delaying the beginning of the 2020-2021 season.