We all miss sports and are eager for the day we can finally watch something live! Unfortunately, the NHL has decided to officially end the regular 2019-2020 season.
The NHL Commissioner, Gary Bettman has announced that once play resumes, they will transition into a 24-team, conferenced based playoff. They are looking to have two hub cities for all games, one on the east side and another on the west side.
Here is Bettman’s playoff outline:
- Find hub cities- Western and Eastern
- Limit teams to 50 personnel in respective hub city, small support staff is permitted
- Create comprehensive COVID-19 testing system
- Phase 2= return to play
- Phase 3= Start of training, hoping to begin early July
- Phase 4= The return of play with clubs in hub cities- head to playoffs
Currently, there are no set dates for each phase. The NHL is hoping to have Phase 2 begin in June and move forward from there.