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ANOTHER SETBACK FOR THE NHL'S PLAN TO RETURN THIS SUMMER

If anyone was hoping the play-in round of the NHL's approved 24-team playoff format would begin in July, they're going to be disappointed. Eric Francis of Sportsnet is reporting that the opening date for training camps has been pushed back to August.

"Talking to people around the hockey world last night and this morning, it sounds like the league's target date to open NHL camps is now being pushed from mid-July to Aug. 1," Francis posted on Twitter.

Some NHL players are currently skating at designated facilities, but only five at a time are allowed on the ice and there are no coaches involved. Training camps would allow for coaching and the start of scrimmages in order to get players closer to game shape.

If training camps do not open until the first of August, that likely means the 2019-20 playoffs won't end until sometime around the end of September or early-to-mid October. This means the start of next season could be a ways off, even coming as late as early 2021.



It has been rumoured that the NHL will not start the 2020-21 season unless or until fans are allowed back in attendance at all hockey arenas.

TIM TUCKER
JUNE 4, 2020  (14H02)
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