NHL officials that will be working the upcoming 2020 playoffs will also be required to enter the hub city “bubbles” and adhere to the same quarantine requirements that the players are required to meet. On Wednesday the league announced which officials would be working the playoffs, and which hub city they were assigned.
10 referees and 10 linesmen will be assigned to each hub city.
NHL will put 10 referees and 10 linesmen in each hub city…40 officials in total…in the same isolation as all the players…enough bodies for 3 games a day plus standby.
That's where they will start for the play-in and rounds 1 and 2.
— John Shannon (@JShannonhl) July 7, 2020
Training camps are set to open Monday and teams will head to Toronto and Edmonton (Western Conference hub city) on Sunday, July 26, six days before the qualifying and round robin rounds begin.
NHL on-ice officials getting their assignments for RTP and Hub cities. pic.twitter.com/MhHQwwzCfo
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 8, 2020
Games will begin on Saturday, August 1, with qualifying and round robin games played at noon, 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM (local time) in each of the hub cities. Because of the two hour time zone difference, the league will be able to play six games a day.
The game times for the six games are: noon, 2 PM, 4PM, 6 PM, 8PM and 10 PM ET.
By Jon Sorensen