Latest On The Start Of The 2020-21 NHL Season

On Thursday, the NBA board of player representatives voted to tentatively approve the NBA’s proposal for a 72-game 2020-21 season with a Dec. 22 start date. That’s less then seven weeks. That’s quick, decisive movement from the NBA. The NHL on the other hand, does not appear to be moving in such a manner.

On Friday, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly informed insider Pierre LeBrun of TSN that the league is still targeting Jan. 1 as the start of the 2020-21 season, despite no meetings taking place between the NHL and NHLPA’s return to play (RTP) committees.

It’s seems somewhat of a lofty goal seeing as that the NHL has been essentially idling in recent weeks, and no meetings have taken place between the two committees. It’s possible the NHL is looking to the NBA to pave the way to “return to play”, although that is pure speculation.

TVA Sports’ Renaud Lavoie adds that the league is hoping to make an announcement as soon as possible with a lot of work to be done in the next seven to ten days. 

The Stanley Cup final ended six weeks ago. If hockey were to follow the NBA model, preseason camp should be opening three-or-so weeks from now.

Deputy commissioner Bill Daly said during the general managers meeting on October 23, “We are evaluating a lot of possibilities and gathering a lot of data and we are going to take the time we have to make the best decisions possible,” Daly told Pierre Lebrun.

By Jon Sorensen

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Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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