The NHL and the NHL Players Union recently agreed to a deal that will bring back the NHL! Despite the ups and downs between the two sides they now have an agreement and here's everything you need to know about the season.
The 24 team playoff will be played in Edmonton and Toronto with no fans obviously. The Western Conference will play in Edmonton, and the Eastern Conference will play in Toronto. The NHL was thinking about playing in other possible hub cities such as Las Vegas or Vancouver, but with the COVID-19 spike in those cities the NHL figured it's not the best idea.
The NHL will play a ''bubble like'' playoff with many safety rules and protocols. First of all, players, staff, and other administration must secure their zone in both Edmonton and Toronto, there will be daily testing, with physical distancing and face coverings. There will be educational sessions, with a hygiene officer per team.
Lastly, the dates the NHL has everything planned out for;
July 26th- Teams report to their hub city, July 28th-30th Exhibition game begin, August 1st the Stanley Cup Qualifiers begin, August 10th is phase 2 of the NHL draft lottery to determine the Number 1 overall pick, August 11th the first round begins, August 25th the second round begins, September 8th the conference finals will begin, September 22nd, the Stanley Cup Finals begin, October 1st is the last possible day the Stanley Cup can be awarded. Then we go to October 9th-10th which is the 2020 NHL Draft, shortly after the draft, free agency will open up, on November 17th, training camps will open for the 2020-2021 season, and lastly, December 1st will be the day the 2020-2021 NHL season begins.
We are all looking forward to this a lot, but for now we will have to wait 17 more days until hockey officially starts back up again.