Sports Report: Toronto, Edmonton gaining steam to serve as NHL hub cities

03:01  01 july  2020
03:01  01 july  2020 Source:   thescore.com

Federal government clears path for NHL to have hub city in Canada

  Federal government clears path for NHL to have hub city in Canada OTTAWA — The federal government has made a move to try to help one of three Canadian markets become a hub city for the National Hockey League's resumption of play. A federal official told The Canadian Press on Thursday that the government issued an order in council that would allow one of Vancouver, Edmonton or Toronto to serve as one of the NHL's two hub cities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The official was granted anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the order publicly. The order is awaiting the Governor General's signature.

Vancouver, Edmonton and Toronto are among the Canadian cities that have shown an interest in possibly playing this role. According to a report in The Athletic, between 11 and 14 teams have submitted proposals to the NHL to serve as hubs . Under this scenario, players would be housed in

The city of Toronto is not one of the areas of the province where this has been cleared to happen. What politicians/public officials are saying: Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has made a hard push to ensure Edmonton is named one of the NHL 's hub cities .

  Report: Toronto, Edmonton gaining steam to serve as NHL hub cities © Claus Andersen / Getty Images Sport / Getty

Both hub cities could very well be north of the border if and when the NHL finalizes its return-to-play plans, TSN's Bob McKenzie reported on Tuesday's edition of "Insider Trading."

"There is a real possibility it could be all Canadian hubs, that is Toronto and Edmonton," McKenzie said. He added: "I don't know if saying Toronto and Edmonton are the front-runners would jinx them, but right now - and it's a very fluid situation, minute to minute, hour to hour - that is the case."

Toronto and Edmonton are two of the six cities the NHL is currently considering as hub locations for its 24-team postseason. Vancouver was the other Canadian market among the original 10 candidates, but the Canucks announced last week the city is no longer in the running.

Reports: Toronto, Edmonton close to being named NHL hub cities

  Reports: Toronto, Edmonton close to being named NHL hub cities Toronto and Edmonton are on the verge of being picked as hub cities for the NHL's resumption of play, according to multiple reports. TSN, Sportsnet, the Toronto Star and Postmedia all reported Wednesday the league is poised to pick two Canadian cities as sites for the 24 remaining teams to resume play later this summer, with the NHL attempting to crown a Stanley Cup champion during the COVID-19 pandemic. An NHL spokesperson said negotiations are ongoing in an email to The Canadian Press. Toronto and Edmonton were among 10 markets originally under consideration to serve as the NHL's two hubs.

As professional sports leagues are getting closer to restarting, it's looking like the city of Toronto will be hosting a lot of games.

Vancouver, Edmonton and Toronto are all being considered by the NHL to serve as one of the two 12-team hub cities for the "Obviously the decision needs to be made by the NHL and the cities and the provinces in the jurisdiction, but ( Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto ; Editing by Ken Ferris).

Las Vegas has long been thought to be a front-runner in the selection process. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said this week, however, that the league will weigh "every relevant consideration" before deciding where to resume its season following a recent spike in COVID-19 cases across the U.S.

It appears there are still many details to sort out before the league reveals its hub cities.

"Right now, the National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players' Association do not look as though they are going to announce the identity of the hub cities until they've got the entire return-to-play protocol and a new CBA all agreed to, at least pending player approval," McKenzie said.

It was reported last week that the NHL and NHLPA are nearing an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement to address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

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