The National Hockey League is a North American professional hockey league that has franchises in both the U.S. and Canada. Hockey is the national sport of Canada, so it is no surprise that the league was formed in Montreal in 1917. The first 25 years of the league were marred by financial difficulties, and the league that was 10 teams was reduced to six by 1942. The next 25 years became known as the “Original Six” era and was the most important time in the league’s history.

Now the NHL is comprised of 30 teams, 24 in the U.S. and six in Canada. The league is often viewed as the fourth most popular sport in North America behind the NBA, MLB and the NFL. Despite that, teams in major cities and Canada are among the best selling tickets on the secondary market especially during playoff time. Like any other sport, NHL’s championship round, the Stanley Cup, is the most popular event in hockey.

Philadelphia Announces Halt on Large Events Through February 2021
Mayor Jim Kenney announced that the City of Philadelphia is prohibiting any large public events for more than six months in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus, installing a cap of 50 people on any event held on public property. The halt, which is through February... Read more
Sports League Commissioners Discuss Outlook For Their Return
The heads of six major sports leagues came together for a remote discussion on their potential return to the playing field – offering both optimism and frustration about their current situations. ESPN’s “The Return of Sports” special aired Monday night with commissioners of the NBA, WNBA, NFL, NHL, MLS... Read more
NHL Aims To Enter Second Phase Of Return-To-Play Plan Next Week
After a nearly three-month suspension, the NHL is making moves to return to the ice. The league announced further plans for its return-to-play action, include a start date for its next phase and official playoff format. Teams can permit players into training facilities for voluntary, small group workouts beginning... Read more
NHL Plans Daily Virus Testing Once Season Resumes
To ensure player safety upon a return to the ice, the NHL is looking to conduct daily coronavirus tests should the season resume. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly revealed that an extensive testing protocol is in the works as the league works towards its phased resume. “We will have a rigorous... Read more
NHL Commissioner Announces Format For Resuming Season
The NHL has taken a major step towards resuming its season. On Tuesday, Commissioner Gary Bettman unveiled the league’s official format to return to play, which would commence with playoffs rather than completing any remaining regular season games. A 24-team playoff format is in store for the league that... Read more
NHL Releases Plan For Second Phase Of Returning
The NHL has taken a step forward in potentially resuming the 2019-20 season by releasing its protocol for a phased return. On Monday, the league unveiled details of its Phase 2 of returning, which is said to have a target date in early June for being rolled out though... Read more
NHL Now Exploring 8 Or 9 Locations To Resume, Per Commissioner
In the NHL’s quest to complete the 2019-20 season, Commissioner Gary Bettman said that the league was looking into holding games in as many as four certified arenas. Now, that plan has been expanded to eight or even nine arenas while discussions continue. Speaking this week at a sports... Read more
NHL Commissioner Insistent On Completing Season
Cancelling the remainder of the 2019-20 NHL season is not an option for Gary Bettman. The league’s commissioner shared in a virtual town hall this week that ending the season without crowning a Stanley Cup champion is “not something I’m even contemplating,” according to The Mercury News. Bettman has... Read more
Pittsburgh Penguins CEO Announces Furloughs, Pay Cuts
The Pittsburgh Penguins are off the ice due to the coronavirus and now a number of team employees face furloughs amid the pandemic. Penguins CEO David Morehouse revealed that an undisclosed number of employees will be furloughed for four months beginning June 1. Morehouse and other executives will also... Read more
Study: Sports Fans Favor Prompt Return Without Crowds Over Waiting
With most sports on hold for the last two months, fans are eager to end their days of deprivation. According to a survey conducted by ESPN, a majority of sports fans would welcome the return of games and televised competition even if they are played without crowds in attendance.... Read more