NHL will restart from Canada. The ratification by the League and the Players Association of the agreement for the extension of the collective agreement until 2026 has also confirmed the resumption of the Ntaional Hockey League.
The news? The two bubbles have been made official: in Edmonton for the 12 Eastern Conference teams (plus finals for the Stanley Cup) and in Toronto for the 12pm Western Conference. Starting next Monday, the players, who have obtained the opportunity to participate in the next 2 editions of the Olympic Games (Beijing 2022 and Milan-Cortina 2026), will meet again for the training camp.
The qualifying games for the playoffs will begin on August 1st, starting on August 11th. The Stanley Cup final will start on September 22nd and will end on October 4th at the latest. Also there is eggs given for the draft. A new date has been found for the NHL 2020 draft.
The preliminary event for the next season, initially scheduled for the end of June in Montreal, will take place on 9 and 10 October via the internet.
Hockey and Covid-19
The path towards the recovery of the NHL continues to be littered with obstacles related to the coronavirus pandemic.
On the day that coincided with the departure of the teams' training camps, the positivity found among the players rose to 43 people. As reported by the North American League, all those involved have been quarantined and are following the directives of the health authorities.
The season, virus permitting, will start again on August 1st in Canada, in the cities of Edmonton and Toronto. Meanwhile from August 1st in North America they will also come back to play hockey. The National Hockey League has announced that it has reached an agreement with the Players' Association for the resumption of the championship, which had stopped since last March due to the global pandemic of COVID-19.
As with the NBA, two bubbles will be created in two unconfirmed cities, but they are talking about Edmonton and Toronto, with 12 teams per conference. The four best placed in the standings will play a round robin to establish the starting grid in the playoffs, while the other eight will compete in the series to the best of the five challenges to qualify for the first round.
NHL and NHLPA have also agreed to extend the collective agreement until 2026, which expires on September 15, 2022. The new employment agreement should ensure that players can participate in the Olympics. Baseball is also ready to go.
In fact, Major Leagie Baseball is also ready to go. Nationals, winners of last year's World Series, will begin the unusual Major Leagie Baseball regular season 2020 in short version. According to the schedule, presented last night, the reigning Nats champions will host the Yankees in Washington on July 23th, the day in which the series between Dodgers and Giants will also open in Los Angeles.