Sportnet’s Elliotte Friedman is reporting that NHL players were informed that Phase III, the beginning of NHL training camps, won’t start before July 10.
Players informed today Phase III (training camps) won’t start before July 10.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) May 28, 2020
Friedman also reported that teams will play two exhibitions games during training camp and teams will have 28 skaters.
Couple of other notes from Return-to-Play protocol: Two exhibition games per team; 28 skaters and as many goalies as you wish to carry.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) May 27, 2020
The news comes two days after commissioner Gary Bettman revealed the NHL’s 24-team playoff plan on national TV. In that slide deck, the league said that training camps would not open before July 1.
With a three-week training camp being the most discussed option, a possible resumption of the 2019-20 NHL season may not happen until August at the earliest.
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