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Report: NHL to announce hub cities on June 22nd [UPDATE]

The NHL will hold its playoffs in two cities. The announcement on the locations is expected to come soon.

In this still image from video provided by the National Hockey League, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman makes an announcement regarding the League’s Return to Play Plan for the 2019-20 season on May 26, 2020 in New York City. Photo by NHL Images/NHLI via Getty Images

UPDATE, June 27 5:15 p.m.: The Vancouver Canucks announced they are out of the running to be a hub city for the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The list is reportedly down to Las Vegas, Chicago, Los Angeles, Edmonton, and Toronto, per ESPN.

The NHL will soon be announcing two hub cities for its Stanley Cup playoff tournament, and we should know the cities in the next two weeks. Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter John Katsilometes is reporting the league will announce the hub cities on June 22nd.

The finalists for the two hub cities are Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Edmonton, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Toronto, and Vancouver. Katsilometes reported MGM Resorts International is keeping some of its hotel space off the market until the hub cities are announced.

The NHL announced earlier this week that training camp will start on July 10th. We don’t have a start date for the 24-team playoff Gary Bettman announced last month, but the announcement of a training camp date is a big deal. The league initially said it would start no earlier than July 1st. The start of camp on the 10th means the playoffs would likely start a couple weeks later.

Players have been allowed to conduct voluntary, small-group workouts at their home facilities since Monday.