The NHL will open mini training camps on June 1 and resume the season after action was paused on March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to former NHL forward John Scott. European players will come back from their respective home countries soon.
Just got word that the NHL camps will begin again June 1… European players are coming back soon #breaking
— John Scott (@johnscott_32) April 24, 2020
The league has been working on a format to resume the season during the past couple of days and could play the remainder of the regular season in neutral sites with three games being played in an arena per day.
The NHL is currently in the process of picking four cities to finish the regular season but sports will start out without fans in arenas, per United States President Donald Trump. According to The Athletic‘s Pierre LeBrun, St. Paul, Edmonton, Las Vegas, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Columbus, and Dallas were among the 12 cities being discussed for neutral-site games.
Trump also added that the goal is to work up towards limited attendance at arenas and eventually have teams play in front sellout crowds again.
The season could end sometime in July or August and next season could get pushed back to November, TSN has previously reported.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has made it clear that he wanted two things at the start of the pause: to crown a 2020 Stanley Cup Champion and have a regular campaign in 2020-21.
The Washington Capitals had 13 regular-season games remaining at the time their season was paused. All NHL teams played anywhere from 68-71 games before the pause.
By Harrison Brown