After weeks of speculation, the NHL has officially announced that pro hockey will return in August.
All remaining games will be played in one of two ‘hub cities.’
Toronto has been selected as the Eastern Conference’s hub, while Edmonton will host the Western Conference teams.
On Monday, training camps will open across Canada and the U.S.
Although the game will be the same, the atmosphere won’t be.
Five or six games will be played each day, with up to three daily games per city.
The stands will be empty and fans won’t be allowed near the arenas.
Once they arrive in Toronto and Edmonton, players will be kept in bubbles– tightly-controlled circles with strict health protocols and daily testing.
Due to the strange format, the NHL says the 2020-2021 hockey season won’t start up until at least December.
The NHL suspended play back in mid-March.
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) July 10, 2020
Check out the current schedule by clicking the link in the Tweet below:
Stanley Cup Qualifiers schedule https://t.co/xG61pfDIw0
— NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) July 10, 2020