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.