The NHL and NHLPA announced Thursday that the 24 teams competing in the restart of the 2019-20 season will report to Training Camps on July 10.
The National Hockey League Players’ Association and the National Hockey League announced today that formal training camps for the 24 teams resuming play will open on Friday, July 10.— 105.7 The Fan (@1057TheFan) June 11, 2020
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This is a key date for the NHL returning to action. We still don’t know the exact date in which the playoffs will commence but we do know how things are expected to go down. The 24 teams returning to action will partake in a new playoff format. There will be a qualifying round for the eight teams that normally wouldn’t have qualified for the postseason. After that, they’ll advance to the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs before the top 4 seeds get involved.
So Training Camp would be Phase 3 of the return plan. After that, would be the start of the tournament in Phase 4, so depending on how long it takes for training camp, the season could start a few weeks after July 10. The date that could make a lot of sense would be two weeks after on Monday, July 27. That gives the two-week window for teams to get ready and then we roll right into the playoffs.