Posted October 16, 2018 12:00pm By Mike StobeThe game has been played in the early hours of this morning, and it was a long one.
That was the conclusion of a three-hour meeting at the White House between the president and members of the National Hockey League (NHL) Board of Governors.
On the day before, the league had announced that the 2019 Stanley Cup Final would take place at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., the home of the California Golden Bears.
That decision, which drew strong criticism from the American Hockey League, was met with harsh criticism from both sides of the Atlantic.
In the afternoon, the president called for a pause on the game, while league president Donald Fehr said he and other league owners would make their own decision.
The president’s call for a game in the late afternoon came as the ice had broken on the night before.
The cold snap didn’t seem to be a big deal in Omaha, as the city is just a few hours away from the Pacific Ocean and its winter temperatures were about 40 degrees.
However, as of 2 p.m. the ice was still breaking, and temperatures dropped into the teens.
“We are really not going to get a lot of ice on this game,” said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
“We’re going to see the weather on the ice, but I think the game will be very close, probably, depending on how we get through the night.”
The president made his decision a day after a game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Los Angeles Kings, in which the ice broke in the final minutes.
“There’s nothing more frustrating than having a game that is played under very poor conditions, particularly when the weather is getting really bad,” Sanders said.
“So, if we’re having a meeting in the afternoon and you’re telling me that ice has broken and we’re going, ‘I don’t know how you can have a meeting, you’re wasting our time, because we’ve been here all week,'” Sanders said referring to the meeting in January, when the president announced the postponement of the game.
“You can make a decision about whether you want to play the game or not,” Sanders continued.
“But I think it’s important to make sure the game is played in a way that’s conducive to the people who have the opportunity to participate in it.”At 2 p