According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Edmonton will host the Conference Finals and the 2020 Stanley Cup Final. It was reported earlier this week that the city will be one of the two hubs to host the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, along with Toronto.
The Edmonton area currently has 246 coronavirus cases and only 15 people have died since the global pandemic began.
The NHL chose to resume their season in Canada after cases in the United States skyrocketed in recent weeks, especially in the south. Las Vegas was reportedly ruled out as an option earlier this week. The other option being considered by the NHL was Chicago.
There are still details to be worked out but the NHL is working on making areas in Edmonton and Toronto closed off to the public where the players will have restaurants, practice facilities, their hotel, and the arena available to them.
Nothing official, but it sounds like families won’t be allowed with NHLers in the hub cities. That’s been the buzz among sources over the last few days, and Claude Julien just said not having them around is going to be a particular challenge for everyone.
— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) July 2, 2020
Training camps for the 24 teams resuming play, reportedly on Thursday, July 30, will begin a week from Friday. Two weeks of camp will be in the clubs’ cities and the last one will be in the hub cities.
The NHL and NHLPA are currently working through issues in phases three (training camps, which are set to begin a week from Friday) and four (Stanley Cup Playoffs), a CBA extension, and transition rules. There are still a few things that need to be finalized before the tournament begins.
Edmonton is currently working through some final issues with the league before an announcement on the hub cities is made.
By Harrison Brown