As per the official NHL.com site, the NHL and NHL Players’ Association each ratified a four-year extension of the NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement, through the 2025-26 season. With the news, the NHL can get underway with their return to hockey and the schedule for play-in games starting August 1 has been released.
The centralized hubs in Toronto and Edmonton now know where and when all games for the 24-team play-in and round robin games will be played.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said of the ratification:
“Today, the NHL and the NHLPA announced a significant agreement that addresses the uncertainty everyone is dealing with, the framework for the completion of the 2019-20 season, and the foundation for the continued long-term growth of our league,”
NHLPA Executive Director Don Fehr said, “This agreement is a meaningful step forward for the players and owners, and for our game, in a difficult and uncertain time.”
NHL Training Camps to Open Monday
Training camps can open in the teams’ local markets on Monday, July 13 as part of Phase 3. From there, the 24 teams participating in the Return to Play Plan will travel to the two hub cities on July 26. The Stanley Cup Qualifiers, which is Phase 4, will start August 1 with games between the Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers, Florida Panthers and New York Islanders, and Montreal Canadiens and Pittsburgh Penguins in the east. In the west, opening day will feature the Edmonton Oilers vs. The Chicago Blackhawks and the Winnipeg Jets vs. The Calgary Flames.
Don’t look now, but hockey is almost back. Enjoy looking at your respective team’s schedule and trying to figure out your life around it. You know you will!
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