More than two and a half months after shutting down due to the coronavirus outbreak, the National Hockey League grew to become the biggest North American skilled sports activities league to announce definitive plans for a return.
Gary Bettman, the commissioner of the N.H.L., introduced on Tuesday that 24 of the 31 groups, the highest 12 within the standings for every convention, will return to contest the playoffs when medically cleared. Official coaching camps would resume no sooner than July 1. The common season was formally declared full.
The seven groups whose seasons have ended are: the Devils, the Buffalo Sabres, the Anaheim Ducks, the Los Angeles Kings, the San Jose Sharks, the Ottawa Senators and the Detroit Red Wings.
“We remain focused on the safety of our players, coaches, support staff and arena personnel,” Bettman mentioned. “We will not set dates, choose sites or begin to play until we know it is appropriate and prudent and are approved to do so.”
Following that, Bettman outlined what the league is calling Phase 3, a conference-based round-robin playoff, hosted in two hub cities. The cities will be chosen from a list that includes Chicago; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas; Edmonton, Alberta; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Minneapolis/St. Paul; Pittsburgh; and Toronto.
Some sports have trickled back already, including NASCAR, and soccer and baseball in some countries. The PGA Tour announced plans to resume play on June 11 without fans in attendance and with testing procedures for golfers and caddies.