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Report: NHL narrows hub cities to six, hope to have decision by end of the week

We break down the latest news surrounding the NHL’s hub city plan.

A general view of the Finnish, American and Russian flags being raised following the gold medal match between Finland and the United States at the IIHF World Junior Championships at Rogers Arena on January 5, 2019 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Photo by Kevin Light/Getty Images

The NHL is hoping to figure out its hub city decision-making by the end of the coming week, according to The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun. The original plan was reportedly to announce the hub cities on June 22nd, but that appears to be taking a little longer than expected.

LeBrun is reporting the NHL has cut their list of hub cities down to six from the original list of ten. He tweeted that all three Canadian cities are included, with Vancouver and Edmonton ranking ahead of Toronto. The “hope/expectation” is for agreement by the end of the upcoming week.

The NHL is tentatively planning for training camp to open on July 10th. The latest news has it running two weeks with teams traveling to their respective hub city on July 23rd or 24th, according to hockey reporter Larry Brooks. They would each play one exhibition game and the qualifying rounds would begin on July 30th.