The Washington Capitals already moved tonight’s game against the Anaheim Ducks up to 5 p.m. in an effort to get the game played before the worst of Winter Storm Stop-Naming-Winter-Storms hits the DC region.
But DC government officials aren’t happy with the decision. Chris Geldhard, the Director of D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management (thanks, @dee4077), brought the sass during a news conference this morning.
DC officials urge cancellation of Capitals v Ducks game scheduled for 5pm. Says people should stay home starting at 3pm due to storm.
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) January 22, 2016
"If the Capitals decide to bring their players in here and put them in danger…I'm not going to tell the NHL what to do." – DCEMA Spokesman
— Jason Rogers (@HeyJayJRogers) January 22, 2016
— Mark Segraves (@SegravesNBC4) January 22, 2016
NHL rules require that an ambulance and emergency medical personnel be at the arena during a game, but it’s so far unclear whether a lack of police support would require another change of plans.
On one hand, you can understand why the league would want the game to go on as scheduled. The Ducks are already in town, and finding a time for them to come back and make up the game would be difficult. Plus, at least most ticket holders are adults capable of deciding whether they can make it safely to and from the game given the forecast.
On the other hand, I mean, come on. Of course you gotta postpone this game, right?
— MonumentalSportsNet (@MonSportsNet) January 22, 2016
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