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
New Jersey Devils Reveal Ticket Refund Options For Fans
While the New Jersey Devils remain in limbo over the future of the suspended NHL season, their fans are no longer in the dark regarding ticket refunds. The team revealed in an email this week options for those with tickets for games impacted by the season’s abrupt halt, offering... Read more
Arena Construction Continues For NY Islanders, NHL Seattle
Despite the coronavirus leaving a severe impact on New York and Seattle, each market is still on track to open up new hockey arenas for the 2021-22 season. According to ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski, the new home venues of NHL Seattle and the New York Islanders are expected to have... Read more