Toronto Maple Leafs captain John Tavares extended to his gratitude to healthcare workers and asked hockey fans to take care of themselves and others while the world continues to react to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tavares shared his message on Twitter with a photo of his son, Jace, and the hashtag #BeatTheVirus.
“Let’s all play inside and play for each other,” the letter reads. “With this challenge comes great opportunity to enjoy quality time with family and loved ones. Let’s take care of each other by washing our hands frequently and practicing social distancing.”
The captain went on to thank healthcare and other frontline workers “for your courage, determination and hard work to fight this crisis. We are extremely grateful.”
The NHL suspended its season on March 12 due to the new coronavirus and earlier this week announced the self-quarantine for players and other staff was being extended. On Wednesday, upcoming events including the NHL Draft and awards show were postponed due to the virus.
While no one really knows when hockey will return, Tavares ended his letter with a message of hope for Maple Leafs fans longing to watch their favourite team again.
“To Leafs nation, my teammates and I can’t wait until we get the opportunity again to put on our skates, and wear the Maple Leaf on our chest,” he wrote. “Until then, let’s do everything we can to help each other by staying safe and healthy!”