As the NHL tries to work its way towards resuming play, they have come to an agreement on when training camps will begin. The league announced that those camps will begin on Friday, July 10th after reaching an agreement with the NHLPA. The full release is 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.
Recently, teams were allowed to open their practice facilities although not all of them have taken advantage of that so far. Some are in the process of getting their rinks compliant with new safety protocols while others have encouraged their players to remain where they are outside of the club city as long as they’re able to skate and work out.
While no set date for the resumption of play (the play-in round to the playoffs plus the round robin for the top four teams in each conference) has been set, it’s likely that a few weeks will be needed in order to get players back into playing shape, lines and strategies set, and perhaps even an exhibition game or two to work off the rust. With that in mind, today’s news suggests that play will resume in early August if agreements can be reached with the NHLPA on all of the return protocols and that it is medically safe to do so.