Even if official training camps and exhibition schedules are still not set in stone, the NHL did release some information about how and when teams can start to get together for offseason training. In an agreement between the NHLPA and league, team sites will be opened on October 15. Many of the same protocols from Phase 2 will be in place, including a limit of 12 people on the ice at the same time.
These protocols are just another thing to remember when it comes to prognosticating for the 2020-21 season. Even with several months between the Stanley Cup Finals and opening day, it will not be an offseason like any other. For players arriving in new organizations or young prospects trying to make an impact, access will be limited throughout the fall.
If players and staff do choose to use these facilities, they will be administered regular COVID-19 tests and be forced to adhere to strict protocols to reduce the chance of contraction or spread of the disease.
Announcements of training camp and the regular season schedule are yet to come.