The NHL Commissioner, Gary Bettman, has announced that the National Hockey League has a Return To Play Plan for the 2019-20 season. The NHL regular season has come to a finish, but they will be a 24 team format for the Stanley Cup Playoffs where will be held in two “hub” cities. The plan also includes a formal training camp and information regarding the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery.
“At the pause, we committed to resuming play only when appropriate and prudent. We are hopeful the Return To Play Plan will allow us to complete the season and award the Stanley Cup in a manner in which the health and safety of our players, on-ice officials, team staff and associated individuals,” said Commissioner Bettman.
Here’s how the format will look:
The NHL will operate on phases
Phase 2 – Early June: Teams will be permitted to return to home facilities
Phase 3 – First Half of July: Formal training camps
Phase 4 – TBD: 24 teams in two “hub” cities will compete in seeding round robins, a qualifying round and conference-based Stanley Cup Playoffs
Potential “hub” cities: Chicago, IL; Columbus, OH; Dallas, TX; Edmonton, AB; Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA; Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN; Pittsburgh, PA; Toronto, ON; Vancouver, BC