According to the Las Vegas Review Journal’s John Katsilometes, a source said that the NHL will announce the two hub cities for the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Sunday, June 22.
Las Vegas has been reportedly a frontrunner to host the Western Conference teams and the MGM Resorts International plan not to make their hotels available to the public to accommodate teams after July 1.
Vdara, Delano, the Park MGM/NoMad Hotel, and The Mirage are the candidates to host teams, according to sources. Vdara and Delano would be the most likely hotels teams would stay at to avoid the gambling temptation that comes with being in Sin City.
The teams would be quarantined in their hotels when they are not playing games.
An NHL official said, “We have nothing new to announce with respect to return to play at this time.” An MGM Resorts representative said the company had nothing to share at this time and referred questions to the league office.
Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Edmonton, Los Angeles, St. Paul, Pittsburgh, Toronto, and Vancouver were the other candidates to host the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. It is worth noting that only three of those cities (Columbus, Pittsburgh, Toronto) are home to Eastern Conference teams.
One issue that the NHLPA and NHL are working through is the player’s availability to their families so there is a lot of work to be done between now and the time that the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs begin.
By Harrison Brown