Inside The National Women's Hockey League's Coronavirus Bubble
League is off to a rocky start. It just began its two weeks season in a bubble in upstate New York, and today, one team dropped out because of Corona virus infections. For another team. The tournament is a chance to win a championship that was taken away by the pandemic last year. Remember station GBH. Esteban Gusteau's has more from Boston. As the days ticked down towards the Isabel Cup final last March, the Boston Pride seemed poised to add yet another trophy to their collection with the 23 1 record, a championship felt inevitable. The only thing that could stop the hockey team, it turns out was the coronavirus. The in WHL postpone the final a day before the championship game as the sports world began so wise up to the viral threats. Eventually it got canceled altogether. Pride forward and captain Gillian Dempsey remembers the emotional elevator. As everything settled. It was starting to become more frustrating being like, Oh, man, we never We never got that chance. Now, almost a year since the team's last game, the pride or back on the ice over a two week bubble season in Lake Placid, New York. It looks like a penalty coming. Another power play coming for Boston Bubbles have become common as pro leagues navigate Cove in 19, no travel, no fans frequents covert tests and many other restrictions. Pride President Hailey Moore in the rest of the end of Uhl. The challenge of setting up the protective shell has been worthy of its own trophy. You want to be Sure that the safety of our players our staff, our fans are communities are the top priority. And as things evolved, this was really just the natural but to be able to salvage this season. At Lake Placid, the teams out to win hockey games, but players also have to carry on with their lives. Rookie forward Sammy Davis is continuing work on her doctorate degree. While she's in the bubble. Julian Dempsey teaches fifth grade. The time in New York is no vacation for them. Them seats hot remotely last fall and started hybrid classes this month in Lake Placid. She's teaching on zoom from her hotel room during the day and then taking to the ice at nights. It's a grind for two weeks. It's pretty much gonna be a game every day or every other day, and that that's a tremendous amount of hockey. With the game's underway, the pride have a chance to feel something like normal again, if just for two weeks into maybe claim a crown that never found a head to rest on last March for NPR news. I'm Esteban, who steals in Boston.