Bruins explore Fenway Park as NHL teams consider away games

The Boston Bruins are considering Fenway Park as an option for home games next NHL season, the team told USA TODAY Sports via email Thursday.

“We are in constant contact with the NHL as well as Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Boston City officials, and are exploring all possible venue options for the upcoming season, including Fenway Park,” the Bruins said. in a press release. At this point, we are in the exploratory phase.

On Thursday, Sportsnet reported – subject to ‘long shot’ – at least four NHL teams have explored the possibility of playing home games away if it would allow them to host fans as the league wonders how to organize a season in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The teams mentioned are the Pittsburgh Penguins, Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks and Bruins.

Could Fenway Park host Boston Bruins home games this season?  The team said it was investigating the option.

Messages from USA TODAY Sports to the league and the Penguins have yet to be returned. The Kings and Ducks said they would not comment on the report when reached by USA TODAY Sports.

Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told The Athletic last month that games were unlikely to be played away, given the costs associated with hosting such events.

It should also be noted that current local COVID-19 protocols would not allow Anaheim or Los Angeles to host these games.

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