The NHL announced today that formal training camps for the 24 teams entering this years’ unique playoff format will open on July 10th, just under one month from today. The full statement reads as follows:
The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL) announced today that formal training camps (Phase 3) for the 24 teams resuming play will open on Friday, July 10, provided that medical and safety conditions allow and the parties have reached an overall agreement on resuming play. The length of training camp and, therefore, the start date for formal resumption of play (Phase 4) will be determined at a future date.
This is encouraging. The Flyers opened their Skate Zone on Monday, with GM Chuck Fletcher stating that six players will initially work out before more trickle in over the course of the next few weeks.
The plan for July Hockey appears to be moving swiftly. Typically, Training Camps & preseason last around two weeks, so it’s safe to assume that without preseason games to play, we can expect a similar, if not slightly shortened timeframe.
Hockey is finally on the way back!
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