NHL Resuming In CanadaBy Shane R
Hockey is finally restarting this month. With a pandemic putting the world in a spin, the National Hockey League finalized a deal in July to continue the 2019/2020 season. Also, there will be labor peace all the way to September 2026, which will help fans, players, and ownership sleep easy at night.
Games will take place in Alberta, Edmonton, and Toronto, as the United States of America continues to have a massive amount of COVID-19 cases compared to Canada. The hope is that United States’ games will continue in September and October, which will be around the time of the Stanley Cup. With training camp having already started in July, the players are working their way back into shape. During this time, players will have to decide if they want to opt out for the rest of the season, without pay, or continue to play.
As the NHL returns, there will be a 24-team playoff without any fans in attendance. This means there will be 5 to 6 games per day, with the three Canadian sites in use. After the 2019/2020 season ends, the 2020/2021 season will begin later than normal in December 2020 or January 2021. There have only been 2 times the Stanley Cup was not awarded. The first was in 1919, due to the Spanish Flu, and in 2005 because of the lockout season.
Hopefully, this will not happen to the NHL season this year. By staying in a modified bubble, the chances to finish the season are higher than sports like MLB. It certainly would be great to see the season play out fully.