The National Hockey League (NHL) announced some of its intentions for its 2020-2021 season by indicating Thursday that teams on the circuit will be able to reopen their training centers as of October 15.
Similar to phase 2 of the early summer return-to-play protocol, these measures will allow “small groups of players to train individually and on a voluntary basis,” he was mentioned in a statement.
No date for the official start of training camps and the regular season was mentioned, however.
The NHL said it was the health and safety of players and club staff that would dictate what happened next. This new protocol was also developed with the help of health experts from the league and the Players' Association, and medical staff from each team.
Until then, the draft will take place on October 6 and 7, just over a week before the training centers open.